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Gift to UC Riverside From Riverside County Helps Fund Medical School


Gift to UC Riverside From Riverside County Helps Fund Medical School

Check of $100,000 marks start of county’s long-term commitment to bring School of Medicine to campus

(December 13, 2010)

L to R: UCR School of Medicine Dean Richard Olds, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White.  Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications. (More photos below.)Enlarge

L to R: UCR School of Medicine Dean Richard Olds, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications. (More photos below.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside received a gift of $100,000 from the County of Riverside on Dec. 9 – the beginning of a long-term, financial commitment from the county to underwrite the effort of bringing a medical school to the campus.

UC Riverside is planning to open the medical school to the first class of students in 2012. When it opens, the School of Medicine will be the first public medical school opened in California in more than 40 years.

The check was presented by Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster to UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White and Richard Olds, the founding dean of the School of Medicine.

“On behalf of the university, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the county for this generosity and for being so strongly behind our efforts,” Olds said. “This gift will energize our fundraising efforts and our ambitions for the medical school. Money we raise now, before we even open the doors of the med school, is particularly important to increase the momentum for private philanthropy and support from our other constituents. Historically, medical schools are supported by the state. In the past, new medical schools have been supported by federal government. It is extremely unusual for a county government to support the start of a medical school and points to the significance the county places on what impact this school will have in our region.”

Tom Freeman, the foreign trade commissioner for Riverside County, noted that Riverside County has been working with UCR on its medical school effort for nearly 14 years.

“Today’s check is one of many that will be coming to the School of Medicine from Supervisor Bob Buster, marking the beginning of a commitment to UCR from Riverside County to bring a new medical school to the region – a school that will develop residency programs and create construction jobs as well as jobs for medical school faculty and staff,” he said.

Supervisor Buster has characterized UCR’s medical school as the most important project in the region since he joined the Board of Supervisors in 1993.

The mission of the UCR School of Medicine is training a diverse physician workforce and developing research and health care delivery programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations. The University of California Board of Regents approved establishment of the medical school in summer 2008. UCR remains on track to enroll its first incoming class of 50 medical students in fall 2012; by 2016, the number of students would reach 100. Currently, UCR is constructing one building and renovating another on its campus for the medical school.
L to R: UCR School of Medicine Dean Richard Olds, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.Enlarge

L to R: UCR School of Medicine Dean Richard Olds, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

L to R: Riverside County Chief of Staff Dave Stahovich, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White.  Background: Riverside County Foreign Trade Commissioner Tom Freeman.  Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications. Enlarge

L to R: Riverside County Chief of Staff Dave Stahovich, Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. Background: Riverside County Foreign Trade Commissioner Tom Freeman. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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