UTHCT president named to committee that will help choose UT Southwestern Medical Center leader

Friday, November 9, 2007

AUSTIN – Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, is one of 12 people appointed to the committee that will help select the next president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The presidential search advisory committee will advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of UT Southwestern’s next leader.

Board of Regents Chairman James R. Huffines named the members of the committee on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.

The committee will recommend possible successors to UT Southwestern Kern Wildenthal, MD, who will step down as president of the institution in September 2008. Dr. Wildenthal has been UT Southwestern president for the past 22 years.

“UT Southwestern is a world-class institution that serves a critical role in meeting the health care and educational needs of Texas, and it has achieved international prominence for the quality and excellence of its clinical, research, and educational programs,” Huffines said.

“The advisory committee includes outstanding representatives of all the constituencies of the medical center and the UT System community, and I am confident that the committee will do an excellent job of screening candidates as we conduct a nationwide search for this vitally important leadership position,” he said.

Kenneth M. Shine, MD, UT System executive vice chancellor for health affairs, will chair the committee.

Besides Dr. Calhoun, other committee members include Regent Robert A. Estrada of Fort Worth, Regent Robert B. Rowling of Dallas, UT Austin President William Powers, Jr., Paul M. Bass, Jr., of Dallas, Rita C. Clements of Dallas, and Peter O’Donnell, Jr., of Dallas.

UT Southwestern-affiliated committee members are Alfred G. Gilman, MD, provost and executive vice president, UT Southwestern, and dean, UT Southwestern Medical School; Anne Marie Corgan, a fourth year student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Louis A. Stool, MD, president of the alumni association; and Tammy Lightfoot, RN, clinical research manager, Department of Internal Medicine – Nephrology.

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