As Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Greg Fenves (right) prepares to take over as provost of The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 1, current Provost Steven Leslie is completing the work that started the Dell Medical School. During a public budget hearing for the Central Health Board of Managers in late August, Leslie called the November 2012 ballot measure that provided local funding “a high point of my career.”
The Central Health budget, approved by its governing board in September, includes $35 million for the Dell Medical School. Leslie will continue as special adviser to President Bill Powers to complete the affiliation agreements that tie Central Health, Seton Healthcare Family and UT Austin into a partnership for medical research and local health care delivery.
Vice Provost for Biomedical Sciences Robert O. Messing, leader of the search for the inaugural dean, reported that many excellent candidates have made their interest known. “The list, without question, could supply deans for the top medical schools in the country,” Messing said. “The creation of the Dell Medical School is a watershed event in the sphere of academic medicine.”