Interviews for dean of med school under way


Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 11:19 p.m.

The first four of 10 candidates for the position of dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine are interviewing in Gainesville today.

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About the interviews

· Among the questions candidates will be asked is how they will manage the diverse interests of a large faculty on campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, about their experience with large hospital systems, their ability to tackle political and legislative issues and their experience at fundraising. Another key question: What will it take for UF to become a top 10 College of Medicine?

They were selected from among 41 applicants by a 20-member search committee charged with finding a successor to Dr. C. Craig Tisher, who will step down as head of the College of Medicine later this year.

Senior Vice President for Health Affairs Doug Barrett has asked the search committee to find a new leader who will have integrity and vision, and will be able to find "a balance of mission among clinical, research and educational programs."

The 10 candidates who will interview today, Tuesday and Wednesday include two "in-house" members of the College of Medicine faculty: Dr. James Crawford and Dr. Terence Flotte, who will meet with the search committee next week.

Among the questions candidates will be asked is how they will manage the diverse interests of a large faculty on campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, about their experience with large hospital systems, their ability to tackle political and legislative issues and their experience at fundraising. Another key question: What will it take for UF to become a top 10 College of Medicine?

Dean Kathleen Long, who heads the College of Nursing, chairs the search committee. She is enthusiastic about the number of candidates who will come to campus for personal interviews.

"We have excellent candidates who are interested in this position," Long said. "I would rather be in the situation of having lots of good candidates rather than too few."

Scheduled for 90-minute interviews today are Dr. Steven DeKosky, who chairs the department of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Dr. Robert C. Robbins, chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Afternoon interviewees will be Dr. Marschall S. Runge, vice dean of clinical affairs at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and Dr. Bruce C. Kone, chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

After meeting with the full slate of candidates, the search committee is expected to narrow the field to four or five who will be invited for a longer campus visit beginning Jan. 22.

Each will meet before interested College of Medicine faculty in an open forum during that second visit.

After final candidate visits, the search committee will recommend two or more candidates to Barrett.

That is likely to take place in March.

Diane Chun can be reached at 374-5041 or chund@gvillesun. com

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