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Faculty and staff invited to provide feedback to search committee for senior vice president for health sciences at town hall meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21.

All University of Utah faculty and staff are invited to attend two town hall meetings this week to learn more about and provide input to the search committee for the university’s senior vice president for health sciences. The meetings will be hosted by Charles Saltzman, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Andrew Weyrich, vice president for research and professor of internal medicine. Both serve on the search committee.

Town hall event info:

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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
5 p.m. | HSEB 1700


Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
7 a.m. | HSEB 3515B


The U is one of only a few public academic medical centers in which the tripartite missions of clinical, research, and academia all report to a singular leader, according to Saltzman and Weyrich. The position serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of University of Utah Health (U of U Health), with fiduciary and fiscal responsibility for more than 70 percent of the university’s expense budget as reflected in the academic, clinical and research enterprises of hospitals and clinics within U of U Health, U of U Health Plans, University of Utah Medical Group, the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, College of Health, Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP) and Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Job responsibilities include:

Strategic vision
Develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision for U of U Health that is consistent with the U of U Health strategic plan. Advocate for U of U Health’s multiple missions. Exhibit a service and community orientation to unite the community and meet the needs of underserved populations. Ability to inspire a complex organization to a common purpose with the business acumen required to successfully grow a multibillion-dollar enterprise that exists for the common good.

Develop and foster an environment of respect, collaboration, competence, transparency, innovation, and principle-driven management. Maintain a positive work environment, promoting a service-oriented culture, and a culture of inclusion and engagement where everyone is valued. Discern and build upon current cultural strengths.

Business and operations
Leverage the strengths of the clinical enterprise with the academic/research enterprise. Provide overall guidance and direction to ensure U of U Health is operated in an ethical, efficient, and financially-sound manner and that capital is utilized in the most efficient way. Develop a structured process to optimize decision-making and process outcomes. Ensure continuation of clinical excellence in quality, cost and patient experience.

Work in close collaboration with other U of U Health and University of Utah leaders to provide leadership and direction for U of U Health and all health sciences academic programs.

Organizational relationships
Optimize the internal organization of U of U Health, establishing clear structures of responsibility and authority to support highly efficient and effective patient care, research and education functions.

Community relationships
Cultivate strong, credible and trusting relationships with alumni, donors, government leaders, and related external stakeholders in advancing the mission and goals of U of U Health. Act as an effective representative, advocate and spokesperson for U of U Health with various community, governmental and citizen organizations.

Serve as ambassador to donors and industry partners. Convert relationships and strategic vision into philanthropic funding to advance the agenda of U of U Health.

Select, recruit, develop and lead a cohesive, results-oriented senior management team. Invest in retention, development and engagement of faculty and staff throughout the organization.

To learn more about the position visit Faculty and staff who can’t attend town hall meetings are encouraged to send their feedback to the search committee via Karen West,