Senior Vice President and Dean
School of Public and Population Health

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of SVP and Dean of the School of Public and Population Health (SPPH) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Reporting to and working with the EVP and Provost, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer who sets a vision for the School and advances the School’s distinguished reputation across faculty, staff, and students for continued excellence in research, teaching, and clinical service. The inaugural Dean is responsible for the overall administrative leadership for academic matters including new program development and approval; program quality; educational methods; regional and specialty accreditation; assessment and evaluation of students; growing research and funding; recruitment and development; policy development and ensuring adherence to federal and state laws; development of strategic partnerships; and monitoring of trends and implementing suitable changes; all while providing effective leadership for planning, growth, and program improvement. The Dean will advance the School’s initiatives within UTMB and effectively articulate the School’s contributions and perspectives in local, regional, national, and international forums related to healthcare and policy. The Dean will also advance innovative educational programs and facilitate practice initiatives. UTMB is seeking candidates who will support and prioritize the institution’s efforts in diversity, inclusion, and equity.

About the School of Public and Population Health (SPPH):  The SPPH was approved by the UT System Board of Regents in May 2021 and by the Council on Education for Public Health in August 2021. UTMB has begun the transition with appointing an Interim Dean and an organizational structure with Associate Deans and five departments. The School formally opened in May 2022 and its first accreditation site visit will occur in June 2023. The new School has 32 tenure and tenure-track faculty, 11 administrative staff members, and over 100 students and trainees. The School also has 32 adjunct and cross-appointed faculty, including physicians, psychologists, audiologists, and visiting scholars. Total FY22 budget expenditures are $14.8M and total FY22 endowments equate to nearly $1M. The School currently has 3 PhD programs (in Bioethics and Health Humanities, Population Health Sciences, and Rehabilitation Sciences) and 5 MPH tracks (in Aerospace Medicine, Bioethics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health). UTMB has a longstanding Graduate Program in Public Health offering an accredited MPH program. The program also offers opportunities for students interested in pursuing dual degrees (MD/MPH and PhD/MPH) and a non-degree certificate.

About UTMB Health: Since 1891, the University of Texas Medical Branch has been educating generations of health care professionals, making world-changing discoveries through ground-breaking research, and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art, lifesaving health care to a rapidly growing patient population. UTMB boasts more than 13,500 employees, including more than 750 residents, fellows, and post-doctoral candidates. UTMB has an enrolment of nearly 4,000 students across five Schools (Public and Population Health, Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences). UTMB also has a celebrated research enterprise that attracted $162M in funding last year and includes one of only two national biosafety level 4 biocontainment labs, the only national lab in Texas, and one of the world’s largest university-based vaccine-development centers. UTMB Health is a comprehensive health care system with six hospitals across four campuses and a network of 91 clinics. Its comprehensive clinical enterprise has expanded to four campuses throughout the Southeast Texas region.

Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications: Applicants should submit the following two documents (in two separate PDFs): an up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae and a brief (2-3 pages) letter of interest describing why you are interested in the role of Dean at UTMB, why you would be successful in the Dean role based on your professional and/or lived experience, and why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials as soon as possible. For the full-length position description, to make a nomination, or to submit application materials, please contact Dr. Josh Ward at:

Josh Ward, PhD, MPhil
Senior Client Partner
Josh.Ward@KornFerry.com | 405-640-3994
Education | Academic Medicine | Healthcare
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UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. 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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