Eighteen people will make up a search committee for the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School's founding dean.
Like most search committees, the one for the inaugural medical school dean is composed of local deans at UT, professors and students. This search committee also has deans from other universities in the UT System and members from Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health, who are partners in the new medical school initiative.
The search committee is being led by Dr. Robert O. Messing, the vice provost for biomedical sciences. Messing is new to UT; he came to Texas in January from the University of California.
“The founding dean will be someone who can create a medical program that graduates doctors who are intellectually curious and inspired by their years studying with professors in many diverse disciplines,” Messing said in a statement. “During their careers, these doctors will make a difference in how medicine is practiced and taught.”
The committee hopes to have a dean ready to take a job by the start of the new academic year.