2nd UNMC chancellor finalist to visit campus June 19-21; Maurer agrees to stay at helm as search wraps up

A second finalist for the chancellor’s position at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Dr. Daniel Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville – will visit UNMC June 19-21, the University of Nebraska announced today. Wilson will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. on June 20 in Room 1002 of the Durham Research Center. Members of the university community, other stakeholders and members of the public are welcome to attend to hear him discuss his vision for UNMC.

A second finalist for the chancellor’s position at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Dr. Daniel Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville – will visit UNMC June 19-21, the University of Nebraska announced today. Wilson will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. on June 20 in Room 1002 of the Durham Research Center. Members of the university community, other stakeholders and members of the public are welcome to attend to hear him discuss his vision for UNMC.

The first finalist, Dr. Fred Meyers, executive associate dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, visited UNMC June 3-5. Visits for two other finalists – Dr. Robert Califf, vice chancellor for clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute at Duke University Medical Center; and Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of the Health Sciences Center at the University of South Florida – are still being arranged.

Also today, NU President James B. Milliken said that he has asked UNMC Chancellor Harold Maurer, who had announced his intention to step down June 30, to remain in his current role while the university’s search for his successor wraps up.

“I am very grateful to Chancellor Maurer for graciously agreeing to continue to lead UNMC as our search continues,” Milliken said. “This will eliminate the need to appoint an interim chancellor during a critical stage for a number of exciting UNMC initiatives, including development of the cancer center. UNMC will benefit greatly from Chancellor Maurer’s continued leadership at this important time in the campus’ history.”

Milliken said that if it takes longer than a few more months to have a new chancellor in place, he and Maurer would re-evaluate since Maurer has already begun to make plans for his future. After stepping down from the chancellor’s role, Maurer plans to assume a new role leading fundraising efforts for the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Maurer said, “Helping UNMC maintain its incredible momentum and strength is my top priority. Right now one of the most important ways I can do this is by continuing to serve as chancellor. I was honored to agree to President Milliken’s request to remain in my current role for a few more months and I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership once a permanent chancellor is chosen.”

Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare said, “This is a perfect solution that will allow UNMC to continue to maximize its success. On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to express my gratitude to Chancellor Maurer for his willingness to continue to serve UNMC and the University of Nebraska in his current role.”

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