MEDIA ADVISORY: Board of Regents to meet Friday to consider new UNMC chancellor appointment
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced today that he has named Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold of the University of Toledo as the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, subject to approval by the NU Board of Regents. The Board will meet Friday, Nov. 29, to consider Gold’s appointment. The meeting is at 8:30 a.m. at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln, and is open to the public. Consideration of Gold’s appointment is the only item on Friday’s agenda.

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Gold currently serves as chancellor and executive vice president of biosciences and health affairs and executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo. His start date at UNMC has not been finalized.

“I’m delighted to name Jeff Gold as UNMC’s next chancellor,” Milliken said. “The feedback I’ve received from Dr. Gold’s visit to Nebraska last week and his references confirm my view that he is exactly the right person to build on UNMC’s tremendous momentum and lead the campus in this exciting and challenging time for health care.”

Milliken praised the chancellor search committee, chaired by Dr. Jim Linder, senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, for its work in identifying an excellent field of candidates with the help of the search consulting firm, Isaacson, Miller.

Linder said: “In leading the chancellor search, it was gratifying to be able to tell candidates about the amazing accomplishments at UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center in clinical care, research and education. Dr. Gold immediately recognized these strengths and the outstanding opportunities for UNMC to improve the health of all Nebraskans, and to positively change healthcare nationally. I am confident that Dr. Gold can lead UNMC to the highest level.”

Gold said: “I am tremendously excited by the future I see for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. During my visits to Omaha, the excellence and expertise of the educational, research and clinical programs was immediately apparent. The chance to work with President Milliken and his leadership team when combined with the reputation of this university is a remarkable opportunity.”

Reporting to the NU president, the UNMC chancellor serves as the campus’ chief executive officer, with responsibility for all aspects of campus administration. UNMC has an annual operating budget of about $600 million, a staff of more than 5,000, and about 3,700 students in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health, and a school of allied health.

As chancellor, Gold will be expected to lead the development of a vision and plan for UNMC’s future; continue the important work of creating an integrated clinical enterprise; continue to strengthen the work of UNMC and its partners in offering the highest-quality health care; enhance UNMC’s research and academic profile and capacity; cultivate a highly collaborative, supportive and diverse workplace; represent and advocate for the campus within the University of Nebraska and more broadly; represent UNMC in the private sector; and attract and develop the financial resources necessary to achieve the campus’ ambitions, among other duties. Gold will chair the board of the recently announced integrated clinical enterprise, a unified leadership structure between TNMC, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians.

Gold has served at the University of Toledo, the third-largest public university in Ohio, since 2005. In that role, Gold has full leadership responsibility of the clinical, education and research programs of the university’s health sciences, the faculty practice plan and the clinical delivery system.

Gold was a key leader in the 2006 merger of the University of Toledo and Medical University of Ohio, bringing broad groups of stakeholders together around a common mission. He has improved clinical quality and safety as well as the patient experience, as measured by national peer groups and the university’s own metrics. Gold has facilitated the development of three interdisciplinary degree-granting schools within the University of Toledo: the School of Biomarker Research and Individual Medicine, the School of Interprofessional Education and Advanced Human Performance, and the School of Health Care Innovation and Business Excellence.

As part of a university-wide capital campaign, Gold has established multiple named professorships, laboratories and hospital/ambulatory facilities. The health sciences now account for roughly half of all university-wide annual giving, several fold what they were 10 years ago.

Gold graduated from the Cornell University College of Engineering, where he majored in theoretical and applied mechanics. He earned his M.D. from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at The New York Hospital and Memorial Hospital, where he served as the administrative chief resident; and his cardiothoracic residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the University of Toledo, Gold served at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical College.

If the Board of Regents approves his initial three-year appointment, Gold’s starting annual salary at UNMC will be $775,000 plus standard university employee benefits. As is the case for the NU president and other chancellors, Gold will have a deferred compensation agreement in which 11.5 percent of his salary will be set aside each year and which would vest after three years on the job. Gold also will hold a health professions appointment in the Department of Surgery.
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