Because of several unrelated developments, we have the opportunity to reload the senior ranks of the UNC School of Medicine.
I welcome this — and see it as a chance for us to prepare ourselves and the institution for the next phase of our work together.
Last month, Etta Pisano left UNC to go to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she will become dean of the College of Medicine, July 1. We celebrate her accomplishments and all that she has given us. We wish her the best in this new endeavor.
This means we need to fill her position here — Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the med school. Separately, she has also served as director of the NC TraCS Institute, which manages our NIH-CTSA grant. So we need to identify the right person to do that as well.
This spring we also launched searches for two other senior positions — Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, which Gene Orringer has ably done for almost fifteen years, and Executive Associate Dean for Research, which Bill Marzluff has ably done for fifteen years. We are very grateful for their service and accomplishments, and they will continue to contribute as leaders among the faculty.
We posted these positions and yesterday the posting closed. I am in the process of interviewing people.
I am really grateful that a number of talented people have stepped forward and offered themselves for these important roles. That is not easy to do — and I thank them.
I am seeking wide input on these decisions — believing that we have a unique opportunity to position the School for success.
We want to continue our path of excellence and leadership — our aspiration is to be the leading public medical school and leading public academic medical center in America.
We want people who work well together as a team — but who each are strong and talented in their respective areas, not timid or quiet.
We want a diverse team of people — we have made progress in recent years in diversifying the School and the UNC Health Care System, but we have much more we can and ought to do in this area.
We have lots of challenges — but also lots of opportunities. I believe these new leadership decisions are major opportunities.