Chair’s Message

Headshot of Cecelia Sullivan, chair of the UC Davis Foundation

UC Davis friends:

I am honored to be your UC Davis Foundation Chair in the culminating years of our University’s most successful fundraising campaign yet. The Expect Greater campaign and all of the amazing work happening at UC Davis continuously inspires me—I am humbled to be part of the team for many reasons.

UC Davis is a special place to my family. Not only is it my alma mater, it is where I met my husband, Pat ’83, M.D. ’87, and from where our three children, Kaela ’12, Sean ’15, and Riley ’20 graduated. As both an Aggie parent and a first-generation alumna, I’ve seen firsthand the opportunities that a UC Davis education can provide. I believe in the value of public universities and the education that my family and I received—today, I am proud to support UC Davis and help make these opportunities available to all.

UC Davis has a bold vision for the future. Leveraging state-of-the-art research facilities, interdisciplinary collaborations, and our hardworking Aggie spirit, we are pushing beyond the boundaries of what’s been done. Our University is working to solve the world’s most pressing issues: uprooting social injustices, finding solutions to climate change, improving health care and more.

Students are at the center of all we do. They deserve the chance to reach their full potential here—and that means supporting them wherever possible.  We are educating and training the next generation of innovators, creating new spaces for learning and designing, and encouraging students to think creatively and explore greater possibilities.

We are committed to advancing the University’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion and making UC Davis a safe and inviting space for all. I look forward to fostering engagement between all of the campuses at UC Davis, including UC Davis Health, Aggie Square and more. When our community of students, staff, faculty, volunteers and more come together, we can achieve even greater.

The past few years have shown the resilience, dedication and strength of our campus and global communities. They have affirmed my belief that together, Aggies can do anything. I invite you to join us and celebrate UC Davis’ success as we continue to make new discoveries and lead the way in innovation. Your philanthropic partnership can help us as we build a brighter future for everyone.

On behalf of the entire UC Davis community,  I invite you to join us in expecting greater—from UC Davis, for the world.

Cecelia (Lakatos) Sullivan ’83

Chair, UC Davis Foundation

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