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Final Report of the Ad Hoc Consultative Committee for the Selection of an Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine

October 26, 2010, Volume 57, No. 09

The Ad Hoc Consultative Committee for the Selection of an Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine was convened by President Amy Gutmann on April 12, 2010. During its four months of work, the full Committee met on 11 occasions and reported its recommendations to the President on July 7, 2010. The Committee members were:

Rebecca Bushnell, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor, Professor of English, and Dean, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS)

Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President of the University

Cody Dashiell-Earp, MD/MBA student (SOM and Wharton)

Horace DeLisser, Associate Professor of Medicine (SOM)

Robert Doms, Professor and Chair, Microbiology and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SOM)

Lee Spelman Doty, President, Penn Alumni, Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, and Member, Board of Penn Medicine Executive Committee

Deborah Driscoll, Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology (SOM)

Eduardo Glandt, Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

John Glick, Madlyn & Leonard Abramson Professor of Clinical Oncology and Professor of Medicine (SOM)

Chanita Hughes Halbert, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry (SOM)

David Andrew Hill, MD/PhD student (SOM)

Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and Professor of Medical Ethics and of History and Sociology of Science (SOM and SAS)

Gail Morrison, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Education, School of Medicine (SOM)

Vincent Price (Chair), Provost of the University and Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication and Political Science (ASC and SAS)

Anne Reilly, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medical Director, Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (SOM)

Victoria Rich, Associate Professor of Nursing Administration-Clinician Educator and Chief Nursing Executive, University of Pennsylvania Health System (SON)

The search was supported by Stephen P. Steinberg, Advisor to the President; Adam Michaels, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President; and John Isaacson, Barbara Stevens, and Philip Jaeger of the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.

The Committee and its consultants conducted informational interviews and consultative meetings with individuals and groups throughout the Penn Medicine community and the wider University, as well as many informal contacts, in order to better understand the scope, expectations and challenges of the EVP/Dean position and the challenges and opportunities facing Penn Medicine in the years ahead. These consultative activities included full Committee meetings with Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine Arthur Rubenstein, University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph Muller, vice deans of the School of Medicine, and vice presidents and senior administrators of UPHS. In addition, the Chair met with the Council of Deans, the Faculty Senate of the School of Medicine, the chairs of both the basic science and clinical departments, and the center and institute directors in the School of Medicine. The consultants interviewed faculty and administrators throughout Penn Medicine and dozens of individuals across the Penn community. Nominations and referrals were sought from presidents, provosts, deans, EVPs, chancellors, CEOs, executive directors, and department chairs of many AAU universities, top 40 medical schools, academic health systems, hospitals, national cancer centers, Canadian medical schools, and pharmaceutical and biotech firms, as well as knowledgeable individuals at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and other organizations. Finally, members of the Committee engaged in extensive networking with Penn faculty and students, as well as colleagues at other institutions. The Committee also solicited advice and nominations from all Penn Medicine faculty, students, staff and alumni via e-mail and reviewed a variety of documents about Penn Medicine. 

Based upon these conversations and materials, the Committee’s charge from the President, and the Committee’s own discussions, a comprehensive document was prepared outlining the scope of the position and the challenges a new EVP/Dean will face, as well as the qualities sought in a new EVP/Dean. The vacancy was announced (and input invited from the entire Penn community) in Almanac and advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Higher Education Jobs, Hispanic Outlook, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Academic Medicine.

The Committee sought a new EVP/Dean with eminent academic and research credentials, impeccable academic judgment and an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence; strong clinical credibility; a demonstrated and unwavering ethical compass; and a successful track record of significant and translatable administrative and leadership experience. In addition, the Committee looked for candidates with a strong and demonstrated desire, ability and commitment to broadly engage the University community, to collaborate with other deans and schools, and to function as a key member of the University’s senior management team; the highest aspirations and ambitions for the quality and reputation of Penn Medicine; a deep understanding of both academic medical centers and universities; a flexible, collegial, accessible, and consultative leadership style; comfort and effectiveness in a complex system of distributed leadership and transparent administration; and a commitment to the balanced integration of Penn Medicine’s three essential missions of leadership in medical education, eminence in biomedical research, and excellence in patient care.

During the course of its work, the Committee contacted and considered 437 individuals regarding this position. Based on voluntary self-identifications and other sources, we believe this initial pool of contacts, prospects, applicants, nominees, and active candidates contained 73 women and 364 men, and at least 19 African-Americans, 6 Hispanics, 12 Asians or Pacific Islanders, and 11 internal nominees.  From these, the Committee selected four individuals for semi-finalist interviews with the entire Committee, three of whom were recommended to President Gutmann for her consideration. After discussing these candidates in detail with the Committee and conducting further interviews, background checks, and exhaustive reference conversations, President Gutmann announced on September 2, 2010 (Almanac Between Issues, September 2, 2010, and Almanac, September 14, 2010) her selection of J. Larry Jameson, MD., PhD, as Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2011, following approval by the Trustees of the University at their October 2010 meeting. 

An internationally recognized molecular endocrinologist, Dr. Jameson is currently the Vice President for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Jameson has an exceptional track record as a skilled and compassionate clinician, a dedicated teacher and mentor, a prolific researcher and writer, and a gifted leader and administrator with a demonstrated commitment to the productive interplay of research, education, and clinical practice through interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships. He will be a superb partner with Penn Medicine’s faculty, clinicians, staff, students, and President Gutmann and me in leading Penn Medicine and the University in the years ahead and advancing the Penn Compact.

—Vincent Price, Chair of the Ad Hoc Consultative Committee
for the Selection of an Executive Vice President of the University
for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine

Almanac - October 26, 2010, Volume 57, No. 09