UT Health Science Center Forms Search Committee for New Chancellor

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UT President John Petersen visited Memphis to support the Health Science Center in the search for its next chancellor. President Petersen charged the 18-member committee to conduct a national search to identify candidates.

Today UT President John Petersen visited Memphis to support the Health Science Center in the search for its next chancellor. President Petersen and UT Executive Vice President David Millhorn charged the 18-member committee to conduct a national search to identify candidates who can bring the highest-caliber leadership to UT Health Science Center (UTHSC).

The committee members are: Johnnie Amonette, search committee chair and longtime member of the UT board of trustees; Neal Beckford, MD, board member, Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED); Phillip Burns, MD, professor and chair, College of Medicine, Chattanooga; George Cates, longtime Memphis businessman and community leader; Wisdom Coleman, associate professor and associate dean, UTHSC College of Dentistry; William Evans, PharmD, director and CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; James (Chris) Fleming, MD, a UTHSC alumnus who is vice chair for clinical affairs in the Health Science Center’s Department of Ophthalmology; Dick Gourley, dean, UTHSC College of Pharmacy; Margaret (Peg) Hartig, PhD, professor and chair, Primary/Public Health Department, UTHSC College of Nursing; J. R. (Pitt) Hyde, Memphis entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO, Pittco Management LLC; James Neutens, PhD, dean, UTHSC College of Medicine, Knoxville; Stephen Reynolds, president and CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care; Gary Shorb, president and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean for all three UTHSC College of Medicine campuses (Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga) and interim dean for the College of Medicine in Memphis; Paul Tennant, incoming president of the UTHSC Student Government Association Executive Council; Stanley Tyler, senior grounds maintenance, UTHSC Mechanical Services Department; Philip Wenk, DDS, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee, and Diane Wyatt, associate professor in the UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences.

“The committee will work in concert with leaders in the Memphis community and seek other local input to develop a qualified, diverse pool of leaders to consider for the position of chancellor,” President Petersen said. “A competitive bid process will be undertaken to engage a professional search firm to assist in this important effort,” he added. “Search committee members will review and screen all potential candidates, both those identified by the search firm and those identified independently. We anticipate the search process will last for several months, with finalists possibly named in the fall.”

A link on the UTHSC Web site will provide periodic updates on the search for the new chancellor. Information on the site will be revised and updated as it becomes available.