Of Virginia Continues Reorganization Of Top Administration
23, 2001-- Two senior positions in the University
of Virginia Health System will be combined and new reporting lines
established to the University president and provost later this year,
the Universitys Board of Visitors agreed Thursday at a meeting
of its executive committee.
on the recommendation of U.Va. President John T. Casteen III and
the boards Health Affairs Committee, the board voted to establish
a new position: 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.
changes are another step in the administrative reorganization we
began in November 1999 with Leonard Sandridges 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 outside experts.
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 Cantrells 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 Universitys
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 under way.
Cantrell steps down, both Carey and B. Jeanette Lancaster, dean
of the School of Nursing, will report to the University provost,
bringing all ten of the Universitys 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 have management
oversight responsibilities for the hospital and clinical activities
as the Universitys executive vice president and chief operating
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