Mon, Jul 15, 2013
He’s the sixth president in the institution’s 43-year history and the first alumnus to lead the organization.
The announcement came from UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson on July 12, 2013. He said, “Under the leadership of Dr. Williams, we now have the opportunity to focus on our highest priorities and enhance our visibility and reputation around work being done in the fields where we are strongest: aging and memory loss diseases, primary care and preventive medicine, and DNA and applied genetics.”
“I appreciate the commitment from state and community leaders to help UNTHSC grow and prosper as we work to improve the health of our citizens,” said Dr. Williams. “With five schools, we’re diverse enough to offer comprehensive training across the care spectrum. And our ongoing research competencies have the very great potential to shape new solutions for better health in the future.”
“I’m committed to building a culture of mutual accountability, respect and collaboration based on shared values of integrity and trust,” he continued. “I intend to continue reaching out to our alumni, and to the business and health care communities, and am confident that with trust, teamwork and focus, the UNT Health Science Center can move forward with great purpose and accomplishment.”
Dr. Williams, previously a UNT System Regent and CEO of Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas, was selected as interim President on Dec. 21, 2012: he resigned his board membership prior to the appointment.
Response from the Fort Worth civic and business communities was immediate and positive.
“Dr. Williams’ knowledge, experience and Fort Worth roots uniquely qualify him to take the UNT Health Science Center to even new heights, contributing to the overall health and prosperity of our city,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “The UNT Health Science Center is one of Fort Worth’s crown jewels, and we’re excited about what the future holds as this organization takes advantage of new opportunities to expand medical education and research.”
Robert Earley, President and CEO of JPS Health Network, said, “With his experience as a physician and hospital administrator and his willingness to be open to discussions, Dr. Williams will strengthen the important relationship between our two institutions and our dedication to provide not only health care but also research and medical training. I stand ready to assist him in any way I can for the betterment of UNTHSC, JPS and our community. I think a great deal of Mike and want him to do well. Our county and region will see the benefits of his success.”
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- July 12, 2013: UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson announces Dr. Williams as permanent President of UNTHSC
- June 12, 2013: UNT System Board of Regents unanimously names Dr. Williams as sole finalist for UNTHSC presidency – State of Texas-mandated 21-day waiting period begins
- April 15, 2013: Named to U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious national Hospital of Tomorrow Advisory Council – the only health care leader chosen from Texas
- Dec. 21, 2012: Chosen as UNTHSC interim President by UNT System Board of Regents
- 2011-2012: Served on the UNT System Board of Regents (resigned Dec. 2012
- 2008-2012: CEO of Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas: under his leadership, performance improved dramatically, named to top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation (by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS) and named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® (by Thomson Reuters)