The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position.
Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities.
Prior Provost Thomas Yorio stepped down in 2016 following 40 years with UNTHSC. Claire Peel, vice provost of academic research and dean of the school of health professions, has been serving as the interim provost since then.
Taylor has packed a lot into his 13 months as dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy. He oversaw the final months of the school’s accreditation process, prepared the team for a move to a new building, and filled a vacant leadership role. He also created a student experience initiative and integrated pharmacy faculty into the UNT Health Clinical Practice Group, according to a news release from UNTHSC.
“We should be a beacon of excellence and innovation in educating the next generation of scientists and health professionals,” Taylor said in a statement. “My top priority is to recruit deans who are dynamic leaders, business-minded, visionary and student-centric to take UNTHSC to the next level.”
Taylor was a dean and vice president of academic affairs at Northeast Ohio Medical University prior to getting hired at Fort Worth-based UNTHSC. He got his Doctor of Pharmacy for Auburn University in 1996 and did a residency at Duke University Medical Center.
“When Dr. Taylor arrived here, he vowed to rethink pharmacy education to help create a new kind of provider of the future,” said Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president, in a statement. “He fully embraces our Extraordinary Teamwork approach to health care and education that is central to our One University vision. I am confident he will continue this approach as our university’s provost.”