EVC Search Update

May 23, 2012

Steven Stites, MD
Steven Stites, M.D. Acting Executive Vice Chancellor Acting Executive Dean, KU School of Medicine

After commencement celebrations, I returned last week to my main activity as Acting Executive Vice Chancellor and Acting Executive Dean: meetings!

The one thing almost everyone asks me is "What's happening with the EVC search?" I'm happy to report that it is proceeding smoothly. The search committee has conducted telephone interviews with several candidates, both internal and external, and identified additional candidates through postings and the search firm. Committee chair Ed Ellerbeck anticipates the committee will complete its preliminary interviews by the second week of June and hopes to bring prospective candidates to the medical center by early July.

Meanwhile, I'm hearing great feedback from the transition teams I asked to put together briefing documents for our incoming EVC. Their reports aren't due for a few more weeks, but I can tell that the teams are already making life easier for our next campus leader.

Some team leaders have greatly improved upon my initial instructions. Steffani Webb's Facilities/Infrastructure/Workforce team replaced "Infrastructure" with "Support Services," and divided into sub-groups led by Dave Roland (Facilities), Jim Bingham (Support Services) and Adrian Fitzmaurice (Workforce). And recognizing that Outreach/Communications are two entirely different things, Dave Cook broke his group into two teams that will each prepare its own report. "We have good examples and data to highlight strengths and challenges across every area," he says.

Vince Loffredo says his Student Affairs team is having great discussions about non-academic interprofessional activities, infrastructure for student growth, student and faculty input in decision making, services for off-campus students and creating an on-campus culture.

Heidi Chumley says her Education team is impressed by the strong statewide infrastructure we've built through partnerships, as demonstrated by the School of Nursing's work with community colleges and our well-developed Area Health Education Centers and network sites.

Paul Terranova's Research team plans further discussions on five major topics: university-supported cores; bridging and pilot funding; clinical and translational research; research administrative support for faculty; and research space. Actually, no one will be surprised to hear that several teams have identified space as a major challenge.

The Clinical team, led by Doug Girod, will be recommending ways to better integrate the clinical enterprise with KUMC and The University of Kansas Hospital. Mike Keeble's Finance group, meanwhile, is looking at our financial structures and thinking about how to better coordinate and simplify funds flow on our campus.

Perhaps most intriguing to me - as someone who champions five rules (which I told you about in my last newsletter) - is the approach taken by Dean Karen Miller's Leadership and Faculty Development team. In looking at areas of faculty governance, faculty policy and affairs, promotion and tenure issues, mentoring, career planning and mobility within KUMC, cultural competency, diversity and support for international faculty and students, Dr. Miller's team is framing its discussion using the "four lessons of self-knowledge" articulated by Warren Bennis, founder of the Leadership Institute at USC:

  • You are your own best teacher.
  • Accept responsibility. Blame no one.
  • You can learn anything you want to learn.
  • True understanding comes from your own experience.

In other words, they're talking about learning, accountability, engagement and self-reflection. I like those ideas!

It's clear that our medical center's thorough strategic planning process gave these teams a strong foundation, allowing them to zero in on specific challenges while identifying models of success. I'm proud that so many people on our campus are so thoughtfully engaged in leading us forward. On behalf of the next EVC, whenever he or she arrives, thank you!

Cancer researchers depend on having an ongoing supply of human tissue samples – or biospecimens – to conduct research. You can help KU scientists move our cancer research forwward by donating a blood sample to the KU Cancer Center's biospecimen bank during the Take it to the Bank drive from June 4-8. Any healthy, cancer-free individual may donate a sample. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential. Employees and staff who donate during the drive will receive a small gift. You must have an appointment to participate. To schedule a time, email Susan Hudson at shudson2@kumc.edu.

KU School of Medicine student Marcus Rushing has been named a recipient of the 2012 AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award. The award program encourages diversity in medicine and rewards commitment, outstanding academic achievement, leadership activities, community involvement and the elimination of health care disparities. The award includes a $10,000 scholarship. Congratulations, Marcus!

The University of Kansas Hospital is the only hospital in Kansas and in the Kansas City metropolitan area to make Becker’s Hospital Review's list of the 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. Read more here.

Last modified: Jun 19, 2012