The Right People

A nationwide search is on for the inaugural dean. Under the leadership of Robert Messing, vice provost for biomedical sciences and professor of pharmacy, an advisory search committee has engaged a leading recruitment firm that specializes in academic medicine,Witt/Kieffer. The university is looking for “the chief architect, executive and intellectual leader” of the new Dell Medical School, as explained fully in a newly posted job description.The search advisory group represents a broad group of organizations critical to the school’s success.

steering committee has been meeting since January under the leadership of Steven Leslie, executive vice president and provost; andSue Cox, UT Southwestern regional dean for Austin Programs, and Messing. Subcommittees are keeping in touch with various community stakeholders and developing the curriculum that will lead to accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, among many other tasks.

The list of people supporting the medical school is topped by Michael and Susan Dell and their family, whose foundation in January announced a $50 million commitment to support the school that now bears their name. Their strategic philanthropy will be key to the school’s success.