Last week the committee searching for a new dean for the School of Medicine sent the following letter to all faculty at the School of Medicine. The committee is seeking input from the Stanford community by March 31. For more details on the search, see the article in the Feb. 23 issue of Medical Center Report
On behalf of the Dean's Search Committee, a sincere "thank you" to those of you who already have shared your thoughts about what's needed in the person we're searching for.
The Committee has met several times to discuss the suggestions that we have received thus far and to reach agreement about the top priorities for our search. We already have met and communicated with several different groups interested in the search, and plan to continue the process of consultation in the coming weeks. Our discussions with our colleagues, specific suggestions from the faculty, and deliberations by the committee have permitted us to draft a list of professional and personal characteristics that we are seeking in the next Dean.
We share this information with you both to invite your comments on the criteria we have developed and to invite you to offer further nominations of individuals you feel meet these criteria. It will be most helpful to us if you could provide even a brief rationale for your nominations. Please send all comments and nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following represent the current criteria:
- Proven academic leadership, including administrative experience
- Outstanding scientific stature
- Proven commitment to the educational mission, with willingness and ability to support and help to lead innovative reform of medical and graduate curricula
- Broad understanding of the educational and research enterprises in both the basic and clinical sciences
- Visionary, with an ability to promote both "bench to bedside" translational research at the Medical School and innovative educational and research collaborations with Stanford's other schools
- Detailed understanding of the place of the academic medical center in the current health care environment, including the clinical, academic, financial, and political components
- Willingness and ability to work with the hospitals to support the service, academic, and educational activities of the clinical faculty
- Willingness and ability to foster Stanford's close alignment of the missions and interests of the faculty clinical practices and the hospitals
- Willingness and ability to work collaboratively with the VP for the Medical Center and other leaders in the Medical Center, the University and the external community
- Willingness and ability to help to lead a major development campaign
- Available by the beginning of the next academic year
- Candidates without the M.D. degree should be considered, but such a person would have to have a very unusual background to satisfy the other job requirements
- Ability to listen
- Ability to communicate effectively and build consensus
- Appreciation of/loyalty to the school and its unique characteristics
- Appreciative and supportive of a diverse community of faculty and students
- A balance of leadership and collaborative skills that is appropriate for the challenges of serving as Dean in the context of the new governance structure of Stanford University Medical Center
Thank you again for your thoughts, suggestions and involvement in this very important process.
Steve Galli and John Hennessy
Co-Chairs of the Search Committee