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Open forum on UTMB presidential search set for Thursday

The University of Texas System will host an open forum to receive comments on the recruitment of a new president for the University of Texas Medical Branch from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Levin Hall Auditorium on the Galveston campus.

The purpose of the forum will be to receive comments from employees, faculty, students and staff—and members of the communities served by UTMB—regarding the qualities, accomplishments and contributions expected of the university’s next president. The forum will be hosted by the search advisory committee co-chairs, UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs John Zerwas, M.D., and UT Health Science Center at Tyler President Kirk Calhoun, M.D.

Representatives of Isaacson, Miller, the executive recruitment firm engaged by the UT System to assist the Board of Regents with the search, will also be in attendance to hear comments.

All employees and community members are invited to attend the forum or watch live online at The session will also be recorded and posted online in the days following the meeting.

The UT System will post a website in the next few weeks to allow members of the UTMB community and general public to offer comments and nominations.   

About The University of Texas System

For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of nearly 240,000 students and an operating budget of $21.1 billion (FY 2020), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 60,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and more than half of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 8.2 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.9 billion – the highest in Texas and second highest in the nation among public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 83,000 health care professionals, researchers and support staff.

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