January 6, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Stan Glantz will step down as UCSF Tobacco Center director June 30, 2020 and continue as a professor

I have notified Dean Talmadge King that I will be stepping down as Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education effective June 30, 2020. 

I will be continuing as an active member of the faculty, including as Principal Investigator of the UCSF Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) and my other research grants, working with the UCSF Library to continue to build the tobacco and other industry documents collections, posting to the Tobacco Center blog, and will be continuing efforts to expand the UCSF Smokefree Movies campaign to a Smokefree media campaign.  I will also be continuing my mentoring work and teaching.

We have built an amazing program in the nearly 20 years since we started building the Tobacco Center.  We are probably the leading center for tobacco control research and education in the world and have recently added a group of faculty members working on cannabis.  We have trained nearly 100 postdocs who have moved into leadership positions in academia, as well as government and nongovernmental organizations around the world.

My decision to step down is influenced in no small part by these successes.  I have always been impressed with leaders who have stepped aside when the organizations they helped build are strong.  Doing so increases the likelihood of a successful change in leadership that will allow the organization to accomplish even more. Dean King plans to immediately  begin a national search for the new center director.

Finally, I want to thank all the fellows, faculty, students, and staff that I have had the honor of working with.  They are the reason we have accomplished so much.  I look forward to continuing to make contributions under the new director.

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