University of California statement on the passing of former UC President David P. Gardner

Smiling white senior man, David P. Gardner, outdoors during winter, snow and yellow grasses behind him
Former UC President David P. Gardner.

The University of California is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former UC President David P. Gardner earlier this week. His dedicated service and transformative leadership as president from 1983 to 1992 left an indelible mark on our institution. We owe him immense gratitude for his unwavering commitment to public higher education and its transformative power.

“Dr. Gardner's tenure coincided with a period of significant challenge and change at the University, and he navigated these complexities with remarkable poise and resilience,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “His visionary action and deep personal commitment to higher education helped ensure the University's continued excellence and growth, a legacy that endures to this day.”

The University of California community extends our sincere condolences to Dr. Gardner's family and friends. May the enduring impact of his remarkable life and career provide solace during this difficult time.