continues reorganization of top Health System administration
senior positions in the U.Va.
Health System will be combined and new reporting lines established
to the University president and provost later this year, the University's
Board of Visitors agreed
March 22 at a meeting of its executive committee.
on the recommendation of U.Va. President John T. Casteen III and
the board's Health Affairs Committee, the board voted to establish
a new position: the dean of the School
of Medicine/vice president and chief medical officer. Casteen
said an international search will be conducted to fill the position.
have asked Dr. Munsey Wheby to chair a committee to identify issues
that must be addressed as part of this consolidation and to draft
a job description for the new position," Casteen said. Wheby
is senior associate dean in the School of Medicine.
changes are another step in the administrative reorganization
we began in November 1999 with Leonard Sandridge's expanded
role in the Medical Center," Casteen said. "Over the
past 12 months we have studied the administrative structures of
other academic medical centers and have consulted extensively
with our own faculty members and administrators, as well as with
more streamlined academic structure will help sustain the progress
made in recent years by the schools of Medicine and Nursing,
support the Virginia 2020 initiatives, and encourage new collaborations
across academic disciplines, especially those that link medicine
to engineering and to the College and Graduate School of Arts
& Sciences," he said.
month, Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, vice president and provost for
health affairs, announced that he will not seek reappointment
to his administrative posts when his term ends June 30.
of Cantrell's duties will be combined with those of the dean
of medicine to form the new cabinet-level position of vice president
and chief medical officer. While this officer, like all University
cabinet members, will report to the president, he or she also
will report to the University provost in regard to the administration
of the medical school and on academic relations with the University's
Robert M. Carey, who will complete his third term as dean of the
School of Medicine next week, will continue to serve as dean while
the search is conducted.
When Cantrell steps down, both Carey and B. Jeanette Lancaster,
dean of the School of Nursing, will report to the University provost,
bringing all 10 of the University's schools under the same
academic leadership. A national search is now under way for a
provost to succeed Peter W. Low, who announced in September that
he would step down at the end of the academic year to return to
teaching in the law school.
search, for chief executive officer of the Medical Center, is
expected to conclude this spring, Casteen said. That new administrator
will report to Leonard W. Sandridge, who will continue to oversee
the management of the hospital and clinical activities as the
University's executive vice president and chief operating