The University of Tennessee — Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee (UT) seeks an accomplished, collaborative and visionary leader to serve as chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). This is a unique opportunity to impact the health and health disparities for communities across an entire state and help UTHSC achieve its next level of prominence in research, patient care and education. 

The chancellor is the chief executive officer for the statewide UTHSC, which is headquartered in Memphis, and includes six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. The chancellor reports to UT President Randy Boyd. 

This position is fully responsible for all aspects of the Health Science Center, which together with its clinical practice plans, has a budget of nearly $1 billion, and employs more than 4,000 people statewide and faculty members who comprise one of the largest practice groups in the region. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state, including the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs. It also benefits from clinical and research partnerships across the state.

The successful candidate will possess significant senior leadership experience gained through roles such as a dean, associate dean, chief executive officer, associate vice chancellor, chancellor or other substantive executive leadership role(s) in a major health science enterprise or institute that embraces clinical care, research and health science education. Applicants with non-traditional health sciences backgrounds but who possess demonstrated experience leading comparably sized, complex organizations and who possess the required skills, are also welcome to apply.  Health sciences candidates should possess a terminal degree, including MD, DNP, PhD, DDS, PharmD or equivalent health professions degree and evidence of national and international recognition of scholarship, medical or health education, and clinical practice achievements sufficient to qualify for tenure as a full professor and garner credibility locally, nationally and with current and prospective colleagues within the UT Health Science Center and UT System. Non-traditional, non-health sciences candidates should possess substantial experience of leadership success in the business, community or governmental arena, and a history of community service and commitment to advancing the higher education mission.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the UT search consultants, Jeff Schroetlin, John Thornburgh, and Anthony (Tony) Barbato, M.D. at, or through the office of Megan Welch at 630-575-6904.