The four finalists to be the next chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center include a cardiologist, a cancer specialist, a psychiatrist and an obstetrician/gynecologist.
One of them formerly worked at Creighton University.
Starting next week, each will visit UNMC for interviews and meetings with faculty, campus and hospital leaders, and community members.
Dr. James Linder, the chairman of the search committee charged with identifying the finalists, said all four have the leadership, vision and experience to be strong chancellors.
“The balance and experience they have in leading complex academic health science centers are really strengths that all four have,” Linder said. “They have all been involved in translational research, where you're looking at ways to provide state-of-the-art care to patients, which is one of the missions of UNMC.”
The first to visit will be Dr. Frederick J. Meyers, 62, executive associate dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He will be on the campus Monday through Wednesday. He will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1002 of the Durham Research Center.
Campus visits are still being arranged for the other finalists:
» Dr. Robert Califf, 61, vice chancellor for clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute at the Duke University Medical Center.
» Dr. Stephen Klasko, 59, dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of the Health Sciences Center at the University of South Florida.
» Dr. Daniel Wilson, 57, dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida-Jacksonville.
Wilson has served at the University of Florida since 2012. Before that, he was chairman of psychiatry at Creighton University for 11 years, where he was also a professor of psychiatry, neurology and anthropology.
UNMC Chancellor Harold Maurer, 76, announced last fall that he will step down June 30 to move to a new fundraising role at the University of Nebraska Foundation, where he will focus on UNMC's new cancer center. He has served as chancellor since 1998.
In November, University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken appointed the search committee, saying he hoped to have a permanent chancellor in place by July 1. But last week he said that the new chancellor might not be on the job until the start of the fall semester.
Milliken's chief of staff later said an interim chancellor may be appointed or Maurer may be asked to stick around past June 30. A spokeswoman said Friday that a decision on what will happen July 1 will be announced next week.
“I'm very pleased that this position has attracted such a talented pool of candidates — individuals who are leaders in health science teaching, research and patient care,” Milliken said Friday in a written statement.
Linder said the campus visits will be useful to both the UNMC community and the candidates. “It's important to realize that these individuals are looking at UNMC as closely as we're looking at them,” he said.
Maurer came to Nebraska in late 1993 after 25 years at the Medical College of Virginia. He had served there as a professor and chairman of its pediatrics department. He was dean of the UNMC College of Medicine through late 1998. Maurer's salary is $443,367.
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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the location of the College of Medicine that employs Dr. Daniel Wilson.