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Founding Dean, Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
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Apr 21, 2022

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Founding Dean, Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Dean of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health. This is an exceptional opportunity for a visionary and committed public health expert to establish a 21st century school of public health cemented in UT Southwestern’s core research strengths and reinforced through integral collaboration with area institutions, health systems, and community organizations aligned with its mission, vision, values, and goals

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering research with exceptional health promotion, clinical care, and education. This public university is home to more than 3,200 faculty members, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields, including six Nobel laureates, 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Annual research funding at the University exceeds $500 million per year. The UTSW Medical District spans 230 acres in Dallas. Through its own and affiliated health systems – UT Southwestern University Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Health, Texas Health Resources, and the VA North Texas Health Care System– UT Southwestern physicians are central to the care of millions of residents in North Texas. The University is currently experiencing unprecedented growth of its research capabilities, infrastructure, and clinical services, with significant investments being made across all domains of its teaching, clinical, and research missions. The Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health is the fourth school to be created at UT Southwestern, joining the Schools of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and School of Health Professions. 

UT Southwestern seeks to create a research-intensive school dedicated to scientific advances that address population health challenges and provide evidence-based input for policymakers navigating chronic and emerging public health crises. The Dean of the School of Public Health will have the opportunity to chart a strategy for the School, overseeing the establishment of programs, recruitment of faculty, the initial enrollment of MPH and PhD students, and the accreditation process. The Dean will be a leading voice for public health advocacy at UT Southwestern as well as in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and state. 

The successful candidate will possess stellar academic credentials, including an excellent track record of research. Significant experience in academic leadership, education, and research or scholarship and/or commensurate professional achievement is expected.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Search Committee for the Dean of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health in its identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted to:

Greg Esposito, Partner

Ariannah Mirick, Partner

Samuel Ruth, Senior Associate

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status. To learn more, please visit:



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