TCU, UNT Health Science Center Narrow Search For A Dean To 4 Candidates

TCU and the UNT Health Science Center have narrowed the search for a dean of their new medical school to four people, all of whom will have interviewed in Fort Worth by the end of the week.

Officials are staying mum until all four have come to town—town hall style meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at TCU. But the first happened last week, when Dr. Stuart Flynn, dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, addressed about 70 students and faculty at the private university. According to the student publication TCU 360, Flynn highlighted “competency-driven courses” and experiential training.

Spokespeople for neither institution responded to requests for comment on Monday (presumably because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), but TCU told The Arizona Republic that the other candidates would not be revealed until they spoke on campus.

So, some details on Flynn: He’s been dean of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix since February of 2009, a role he held on an interim basis from May of 2008 to then. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for academics beginning in June 2006. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, which is also where he served his residency.

The two medical schools do share some similarities. Like in Fort Worth, the Phoenix school launched as a partnership between two institutions: Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. ASU, as The Arizona Republic notes, retreated from the medical school in favor of a partnership with The Mayo Clinic, however. The medical school opened in 2007, and Flynn has been there since before its first class of students arrived.

The university says he was “instrumental in developing and implementing the curriculum” and working alongside colleagues at Arizona State. He is a board-certified pathologist and has taught at the Yale University School of Medicine. The newspaper reports that he prioritized making relationships with metro-Phoenix providers for more clinical training opportunities.

Currently, the Arizona medical school is undergoing the accreditation process. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education granted the school preliminary accreditation in 2012, but balked last year on granting it mid-tier “provisional” accreditation. Two of the four areas of non-compliance were related to questions about the relationship with Banner Health, which spent $1 billion acquiring the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson. The Arizona Republic reports that school officials reconfigured a 30-year agreement with Banner Health to address those concerns.

The Fort Worth medical school is expected to welcome its first class of 60 students in 2018. Below are the remaining candidate town hall meetings, courtesy TCU 360. The meetings are only open to faculty, staff, and students at the two institutions.

  • Candidate B: Jan. 20 at 3:15 p.m., Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4
  • Candidate C: Jan. 21 at 3:45 p.m., Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 2
  • Candidate D: Jan. 22 at 3:15 p.m., Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4
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