Boyd picks Buckley to head UT Health Science

Jay FitzOur Town Youth

Peter F. Buckley, dean of the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and executive vice president of medical affairs for the VCU Health System, is the choice of UT President Randy Boyd to become the next chancellor of the UT Health Science Center.

The UT Board of Trustees will consider the recommendation at a special meeting on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. EST.

“One of the most important responsibilities the UT president has is to hire great leaders,” Boyd said. “I have tremendous confidence that Dr. Buckley will build on our successes, while also providing innovative ideas to move UTHSC into the future.”

Pending an affirmative vote of the board, Buckley’s effective start date will be Feb. 7, 2022. He will replace Steve Schwab, who announced his retirement in June. Schwab agreed to serve as chancellor until a successor was named and on board. With the support of an executive search firm, a 14-member committee began its search process in late July. The committee narrowed the field to two candidates who came to the UTHSC campus in Memphis for open forums earlier in November. Learn more about Dr. Buckley here.

UT System Office of Communications and Marketing provided information for this report.

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