UTMB Health President Search

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The University of Texas System Board of Regents have launched a national search for a new UTMB president.

The UT Medical Branch Search Advisory Committee will offer recommendations on possible successors to David Callender, M.D., who stepped down in August 2019 to become president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System. Ben Raimer, M.D., UTMB’s senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, has been serving as interim president since then.

Over the course of the next several months, the search advisory committee will consider potential candidates and make recommendations to the board, which will make the final decision. Committee members were selected in accordance with Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, which include a provision for representation by various constituencies internal and external to the institution.

This web page supports the UT System’s efforts to keep members of the UTMB community and general public informed, and provides a mechanism for comments and nominations.

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.

Get details on the Jan. 9 open forum


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