UT System President Randy Boyd and UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, will travel the state October 31-November 2 on the first “Everywhere You Look, UTHSC” tour. The tour is designed to educate and inform communities across Tennessee about the statewide reach and impact of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
The tour starts in Memphis, where UTHSC’s home campus is located. It has stops in Jackson, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, where UTHSC has clinical and educational sites at major hospitals, including West Tennessee Health Care – Jackson Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
The only public, statewide academic health science institution in Tennessee, UTHSC has six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine – and educates and trains the largest number of health care professionals in Tennessee.
UTHSC has more than 3,100 students, 1,416 residents and fellows, almost 900 clinical and education sites across the state, more than 380 researchers, and a total of more than 3,800 regular and temporary employees.
“Our leadership team, Memphis and statewide, is a highly committed group of colleagues,” Chancellor Buckley said. “I’m most grateful for their experience and advice.”
“It is an honor to travel from one end of the state to the other to spotlight the outstanding work of our faculty, residents, trainees, staff, and alumni, who provide care for the people of Tennessee.”Chancellor Peter Buckley
During the tour, President Boyd will talk about the Be One UT values that shape the culture for the entire UT System. In addition to UTHSC’s statewide reach, Chancellor Buckley will discuss the university’s increased focus on rural health care, addressing the social determinants of health, and researching cures for the diseases that most affect the citizens of Tennessee.
“New UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley is writing the next great chapter in the university’s history, and he is committed to further refining the direction of the institution,” President Boyd said. “From helping to address critical public health issues like teenage obesity, substance abuse and mental health, everywhere you look, quite literally, UTHSC is there…making a difference across the state!”
Chancellor Buckley became the 11th chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in February. An investiture ceremony is scheduled for Friday, November 4, at 10 a.m., in the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, during which the authority and symbols of the office will be formally bestowed on Chancellor Buckley.