The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President.
Earlier this year, after ten years of distinguished service, Dr. Michael Williams was promoted from his role as President of HSC to Chancellor of the University of North Texas (UNT) System. As the system’s fourth Chancellor, Dr. Williams oversees all operational aspects of the multi-location system. This includes general oversight of a $1.3 billion budget, 14,000 employees, 49,000 students, and the UNT System’s member institutions – the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas.
His promotion to a larger leadership role sets the stage for the next President of HSC to build upon the University’s successes, its rich history, and its commitment to students and the state of Texas. The Chancellor and Board of Regents seek a visionary, inspiring, and highly energetic academic leader who will enhance HSC’s student-centered learning environment and promote effective teaching, research, and community engagement.
HSC is one of twelve public, health-related institutions in Texas. HSC is located in north central Texas and serves the entire state of Texas. The school was chartered as Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in 1966 and accepted its first students in 1970. In 1975, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was established as a state medical school under the University of North Texas (UNT) Board of Regents (formerly North Texas State University). Today, HSC comprises the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Health Professions, and the College of Pharmacy. HSC is also home to a Physician Assistant program, a Physical Therapy program, and several interdisciplinary Health Institutes and Centers.
HSC enrolls 2,472 students from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnic origins supported by 285 faculty, 1,152 staff, an operational budget of more than $282.7 million and an endowment of over $115.5 million. In addition to HSC’s commitment to its academic and outreach mission, its research enterprise is well-known for its multi-faceted nature and secured $67.4 million in sponsored research awards in 2021. For more information about HSC, please visit https://www.unthsc.edu/.
HSC Values Based Culture
A distinctive feature of HSC is its clear focus on a set of common values. Our values define who we are and reinforce the idea that people matter. In 2013 our institution took a deliberate approach to become a values-based organization. With trust as the foundation, our people established five values with associated behaviors that influence how we interact with each other on a daily basis. Not only do these common values promote a work environment in which all are comfortable, but also an atmosphere in which everyone can best achieve:
- Our mission: Create solutions for a healthier community.
- Our Vision: One university, built on values, defining and producing the providers of the future.
- Our purpose: Transform lives in order to improve the lives of others.
To learn more about HSC’s Values Based Culture, please visit https://www.unthsc.edu/values/about-our-values/.
The President reports to the UNT System Chancellor and is the Chief and Executive Officer of HSC. The President is responsible for the overall leadership and management of all campus programs, services, and activities in all areas of the University including academic affairs, administration, strategic planning, student services, financial management, external relations, and fundraising. The President works closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the healthcare community to achieve the goals of the University and to provide the leadership and vision required to fulfill its mission. The President is responsible for setting the academic vision, ensuring the effective leadership and management of the campus, and representing HSC to the UNT System Chancellor, the Board of Regents, the community, regional organizations, state legislature, governmental agencies, and other entities within and outside higher education. Fundraising is an ongoing priority for the President and involves the establishment of forward-looking development initiatives while promoting the achievements of the University’s faculty and students.
The President leads, champions, and leverages the critical and unique role of the campus in advancing the health science center’s academic, research, and outreach mission and in supporting HSC’s reputation as a distinguished academic health science center. In addition, the President acts as a catalyst for creativity, innovation, and progress to build upon HSC’s niche within the UNT System and the Dallas/Fort Worth community.
Qualities and Characteristics
To advance HSC and prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals, the President must possess several of the following qualities and characteristics:
- A visionary, compassionate, and humble leadership style with a commitment to the development of faculty, staff, and students;
- A high level of energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for the University’s mission, vision, and values as demonstrated through an authentic leadership style;
- A seasoned executive with broad and deep understanding of the current state of healthcare research and delivery, and a clear vision for future innovations in the field of healthcare;
- A servant-leader who values input and transparency;
- A high level of integrity and fact-based, ethical decision making;
- A deep personal resonance with HSC’s values based culture and the ability to foster a University environment that exemplifies serving others first, respect, integrity, collaboration, and innovation.
- A demonstrated passion for working with diverse student groups and enhancing HSC’s student-centric learning environment;
- The ability to motivate and inspire University leaders using a collaborative and inclusive leadership style.
For a complete position profile and a comprehensive list of qualities and characteristics, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/HSCPresident.pdf.
Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee(s). All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner
Refer to code “HSC-President” in the subject line
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