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Hershel P. Wall, MD, Appointed Chancellor,
Ken Brown Appointed Executive Vice Chancellor for
“The change for Pat requires board approval and I will submit that recommendation” President Petersen said. “The change for Ken will take place immediately. Both have done excellent jobs in carrying out their responsibilities and we appreciate their willingness to provide leadership going forward.”
President Petersen noted, “In December, we suspended the chancellor search while we explored issues we felt were important to our ability to conduct the search with maximum effectiveness.
Dr. David Millhorn, Dr. Thomas Zacharia and I spent the day [in
Pending board approval, Dr. Wall will carry the title of chancellor and its full responsibilities until a new permanent chancellor is hired. Dr. Brown will immediately function full time as the permanent executive vice chancellor and continue in his role as chief of staff.
“We will not resume the chancellor search process until we have enhanced the appeal of the position through the joint efforts of campus leadership and our community partners,” President Petersen stated. “We hope the search can be re-started within the next year and we expect to attract an exceptional leader.
“We are grateful to Chancellor Wall for agreeing to assume the chancellorship until that task is completed.”
Petersen continued, “By early this summer we will roll out a clear plan for
the opportunities we will pursue is a rapid and strategic exercise to bring our
supercomputing capabilities into the
He added, “We will be actively looking at opportunities to partner with key health care resources across the state, to apply mutual strengths to mutual advantage.
“We will continue to work with members of the legislature and the governor’s office to pursue support in meeting the funding gaps and other operating and structural needs that presently hinder our advancement.
“We believe this is a sound direction and appreciate the indication of support we have received. This process will receive the full focus and resources of all involved.”
Petersen stated, “The needs on the
accepting the role as interim chancellor, Dr. Wall was a professor and
executive associate dean for admissions and student affairs. He had served as interim dean for the UTHSC
College of Medicine,
As the chief of staff and executive vice chancellor for UTHSC,
Dr. Brown is the principal aide to the chancellor. He handles a wide range of matters of
institutional importance, such as operations of the Office of the Chancellor,
including management of staff, budgets, administration, policies and
procedures. The chief of staff provides
coordination and oversight in the development of defined core initiatives for
the Office of the Chancellor and serves as the chancellor’s primary strategic
liaison with the
began his career with the university some eight years ago in the Office of the
General Counsel. From there, he became
the director of Affirmative Action. He
has also served as the director of Employee Relations and the executive
director for the Center for Health Disparities.
He holds a BA in
psychology and criminal justice from the
flagship statewide academic health system, the UT Health Science Center is
focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public
service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate
training opportunities, the main campus, which includes six colleges, is
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
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