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Executive Dean, College of Medicine | University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  • Location: Oklahoma City, OK

uohs_nightsowerThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges – Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies.  The OU Health Sciences Center serves 3,400 students in over 90 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  Over 800 physicians train in 78 residency and fellowship programs, and advanced residency training also is offered to oral surgeons and pharmacists.  Students and residents receive clinical training at on-site institutions, including the OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as at affiliated sites across the state.  Research at the OU Health Sciences Center has led to the development of several Oklahoma based companies, including Biolytx, Caisson, Inoveon, Moleculara, Pure Protein, and Selexys, many of which are located at the University Research Park.  The Health Sciences Center budget is over $1 billion, including state appropriations, sponsored research programs, OU Physicians professional revenue, and academic affiliation and professional service agreements with OU Medical System.

Position Overview

The Executive Dean is the overall leader for the College and its culture, with accountability for its educational, research, and clinical programs, as well as for its collaborations across the Health Sciences Center and University. Executive Dean drives curricular innovations, and expands joint degree and interprofessional education programs attuned to a transforming healthcare system. With over 610 residents and fellows in Oklahoma City, the Executive Dean is a passionate advocate for the clinical learning environment and milestones. An outstanding team of eighteen clinical and four basic science department chairs report to the Executive Dean, who ensures and guides the enduring and vibrant connections between the College’s academic missions and the clinical practice plan, advancing knowledge hand-in-hand with uncompromising quality. The Executive Dean for the College of Medicine coordinates strategic planning, capital budgeting, and operational funds flows with the department chairs, OU Physicians practice plan, Senior Vice President and Provost, and OU Medical System, focusing on integration and exceptional performance. The Executive Dean reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost of the OU Health Sciences Center, serves with the SVP and Provost on the Board of OU Medical System, and collaborates with the Deans of partner colleges.


  • An MD or combined MD degree such as MD/PhD, and the minimal academic rank of associate professor.
  • Excellent academic accomplishments and credentials, such as a history of funded research.
  • Eligibility for Oklahoma licensure as a medical doctor.
  • A significant leadership role in or at the departmental or administrative level in an accredited medical school and/or an academic medical center.
  • Comfort with, and experience in, a dynamic and rapidly evolving landscape.
  • Insight and familiarity with the range of opportunities and challenges within undergraduate and graduate medical education, physician associate training, the medical profession, and healthcare.
  • A successful track record of recruiting, retaining, and mentoring faculty.
  • A history of visionary, passionate, creative, and respected leadership with a strong record of collaboration and commitment to academic excellence.
  • Ability to manage an academic organization and work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues in a complex university health sciences organization, interdisciplinary professionals, and community leaders.
  • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with groups of diverse backgrounds, such as students, faculty, staff, academic leadership, hospital executives, governmental representatives, community-based clinicians and leaders, lay audiences, and media.
  • A strong business and financial acumen, including analytical skills in collaborative and activity-based budget development and prioritization.
  • Experience in, or familiarity with, the unique operations environment of state sponsored educational institutions.
  • Value for all aspects of the tripartite mission of education, research, and clinical care, and ability to leverage synergies between them.
  • Experience and reputation necessary to ensure the growth and distinction of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.