COVID-19 requires the attention of everyone, not only at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, but at institutions around the nation where potential candidates are working. Therefore, upon the recommendation of the search advisory committee, The University of Texas System paused the presidential search and plans to restart it when circumstances permit. UT System is currently not accepting nominations and applications for the position of President of UT Medical Branch.
As chief executive officer of UTMB, the President has the responsibility of leading the educational, research and clinical missions of a comprehensive academic health center of more than 3200 students and 900 faculty, including schools of medicine, nursing, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences, three institutes for advanced study; a major medical library, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care, and numerous research facilities and centers. The full position description is available here.
January 28, 2020
January 7, 2020
October 23, 2019
Search Advisory Committee
Committee members were selected in accordance with the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, which include a provision for representation on such committees by various constituencies of the institution.
UTMB Presidential Search FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Search Advisory Committee selected?
Per Regents’ Rules and Regulations, a Search Advisory Committee is established to recommend candidates to the Board.
The chancellor, the executive vice chancellor for health affairs, or the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs serve as chairman of the committee; the Board chairman may make a different or additional appointment.
In order to ensure broad representation, the membership of the Search Advisory Committee membership is dictated by Regents’ Rules and is as follows:
(a) At least one regent to be appointed by the Board chairman.
(b) Two presidents from UT institutions to be appointed by the Board chairman.
(c) The executive vice chancellor for academic or health affairs (depending whether the presidential search is for an academic institution or a health institution).
(d) Three faculty members from the institution involved. The method of selection for faculty members is determined by the faculty governance of the institution.
(e) One dean, to be selected by the Deans’ Council of the institution involved for academic institutions. At health institutions, the member will be the dean of the medical school or, in the absence of that position, the member will be a senior representative of the teaching program of the institution selected by the Board chairman.
(f) One student from the institution involved. The method of selection is determined by the student governance of the campus.
(g) The president of the alumni association of the campus involved.
(h) One non-faculty employee of the institution involved. The method of selection is determined by the staff or employee council of the institution involved.
(i) At least two representatives of the institution’s external constituency who have demonstrated a deep interest in and support of the institution, its programs and its role in community activities, to be appointed by the Board chairman.
Who selects presidents of UT institutions?
The UT System Board of Regents selects the president of each institution, following interviews of top candidates. The Board of Regents considers recommendations from the Search Advisory Committee as well as comments and nominations from the public.
Will only one finalist get introduced publicly, or can the community meet with top candidates before a finalist is selected?
The Search Advisory Committee, which has broad representation from both the institution and community, may interview candidates as part of its selection process, but these interviews must remain confidential. After their recommendations are submitted to the Board of Regents, the Regents subsequently interview a slate of candidates and typically name a sole finalist or finalists. After the public naming of the finalist(s), there is a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before the Board can officially appoint the president. During this time period, the finalist(s) may visit the campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Why is there a 21-day waiting period after regents announce a finalist?
Per state law (Texas Education Code 552.123), after the Board names a finalist or finalist(s), it must wait 21 days to officially appoint a finalist as president. This gives the public an opportunity to present additional comments or concerns about a finalist before he or she is officially named president. During this time period, the finalist(s) may visit the campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Can students, faculty and staff or members of the public nominate candidates?
Yes, the UT System online portal is set up to allow any member of the public to submit a comment or nomination. These comments and nominations may be submitted anonymously.
Why aren’t the names of candidates shared with the public?
Per Texas Education Code 552.123, the names of applicants or candidates for the position of president of a public institution of higher education may remain confidential. However, when the Board names a finalist or finalist(s), it must publicly announce the name(s) and then wait 21 days to officially appoint a finalist as president.
Furthermore, names of applicants are kept confidential to allow the best possible candidates to enter the search without concern that their names will be revealed while employed elsewhere.