William Morton joined over 1100 international students at the University of California at San Diego last night in welcoming Bill Clinton to town. The former President was the keynote speaker and namesake of the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University, held this weekend at UCSD. As described on the CGIU website, “President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting for students and national youth organizations to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.”
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox welcomed the students, including approximately 200 from UCSD. She then introduced local business executive Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Qualcomm. Dr. Jacobs quipped that he was sure he’d be forgiven for attending Berkley rather than UCSD since his father elected to build the communications giant Qualcomm here in San Diego.