The University of California at San Diego's chief fundraiser stepped down last week, a little more than two years after he was brought on to lead a $1.5 billion capital campaign, the largest in the campus’s history, The San Diego Union-Tribune writes. The public phase of the drive, which was slated to launch this November, was pushed to next year.
The university did not explain why Steve Gamer, who was recruited from University of California at Los Angeles, decided to leave, but Janet Napolitano, the system's president, noted in a recent letter to the Board of Regents that due to family obligations he had never relocated to San Diego. According to the Union-Tribune, Mr. Gamer did not fully support campus Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s strategy to boost fundraising by targeting more alumni as donors.
Mr. Khosla will take over as Mr. Gamer's responsibilities on an interim basis. The San Diego campus has struggled with it fundraising over the years, lagging well behind system peers such as UCLA and Berkeley, and Mr. Khosla was hired in 2012 with a goal of increasing its from $500 million to between $3 billion and $5 billion over a decade.