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President, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX

A message from the University of Texas System: The COVID-19 pandemic currently requires the full attention of all health care professionals.  Additionally, in the interest of public health, activities of the UTMB Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be temporarily postponed. When restrictions on meeting functions and travel are lifted, the committee will resume its search activities. At this time, we anticipate that occurring no sooner than mid-May.  

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

This is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced healthcare leader to guide the continuous evolution of a historic academic medical center with deep roots in the city of Galveston and across the state of Texas. Having recently completed a visionary strategic plan, The Road Ahead, the new President will join UTMB at a time of significant forward momentum. Reporting to the Chancellor of the University of Texas System, James. B. Milliken, the President will serve as the highest executive of the UTMB Health enterprise. With purview over the UTMB Health System and UTMB’s entire academic enterprise, the President will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the institution’s clinical, educational, and related research activities—an entity with an estimated $3.3 billion annual statewide economic impact. Part of the University of Texas System and a member of the prestigious Texas Medical Center—the largest medical center in the world, UTMB is an integral part of the state’s healthcare fabric, and an institution dedicated to its longstanding mission to improve health for the people of Texas.

UTMB opened in Galveston in 1891 as the nation’s first public medical school and hospital under unified leadership, a pioneer of its time. Today, UTMB is a major academic medical center of national and global influence, with a School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in addition to a growing, comprehensive health system with a main campus on Galveston Island, including the Jennie Sealy Hospital, the John Sealy Hospital, and the UTMB Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital, an acute care inpatient and outpatient facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization. There are also three remote campuses – Angleton Danbury, Clear Lake/Webster, and League City, as well as numerous clinics. UTMB hospitals handle more than 1 million outpatient visits and 150,000 hospital stays annually.  

UTMB currently serves more than 3,200 students and has more than 11,000 personnel, including 900 faculty. It also has three institutes for advanced study, a major medical library, and numerous research facilities to support the institution’s significant research enterprise.   One such facility, the Galveston National Laboratory, is a high security National Biocontainment Laboratory, developing diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat the most dangerous diseases in the world. UTMB’s research expenditures are approximately $150 million annually.  

For additional information about UTMB, please visit the university’s website at    

UTMB is part of the University of Texas System, headquartered in Austin, Texas. One of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, UT is home to 14 institutions, including six academic health institutions, that educate more than 240,000 students each year. With about 21,000 total faculty and 830,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors, and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state. The UT System ranks second in the nation in research expenditures, fifth in patent applications, is home to three of the nation’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers, and is the only system in the country to have four Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. Awarding more than one-third of all undergraduate degrees in Texas and almost two-thirds of all health professional degrees, the UT System has a tangible impact that is felt at the state and national level.

Given UTMB’s many ambitions and strategic initiatives, the President will be tasked with a set of key opportunities and challenges, listed below:

  • Collaboratively lead UTMB’s strategic plan;
  • Inspire and manage a world-class team;
  • Work closely and synergistically with the Texas Legislature, donors, and philanthropic organizations to ensure a significant resource base in support of UTMB’s next phase of growth;
  • Deliver high quality, accessible care across the UTMB network; 
  • Build partnerships and strengthen affiliations to continue to expand UTMB’s impact in Galveston, throughout Texas, and beyond.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Electronic submission of materials is required. Additional information about the search, including updated news and timelines, may be found on the University of Texas System website at

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Courtney Wilk-Mandel and Carley Davenport.

UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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