Search for UF’s Senior Vice President for Health Affairs & President, UF Health

Published: October 16th, 2018

Category: Memos

W. Kent Fuchs, President

I am pleased to announce that we have launched the search to fill the position of senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health previously held by Dr. David S. Guzick. The search firm Merritt Hawkins, which has extensive knowledge of UF Health, will support the search. I will lead the search and Melissa Curry, director of recruitment and staffing at UF Human Resources, will serve as the administrative search liaison.

The following individuals, among others, will serve as strategic advisors to assist me with the search:
· Cammy Abernathy, Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
· Mark Atkinson, Director, UF Diabetes Institute, Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics
· Tracy Duda Chapman, Lead External Director, UF Health Shands Board
· Jamie Conti, Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
· Paul Davenport, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences
· Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President
· Tim Flynn, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (Emeritus)
· Isabel Garcia, Dean, College of Dentistry
· Joe Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
· Todd Golde, Executive Director, Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute
· Leon Haley, Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Jacksonville and Dean, College of Medicine – Jacksonville
· Amy Hass, Vice President and General Counsel
· Ed Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands
· Julie Johnson, Dean, College of Pharmacy
· James Kelly, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UF Health Shands
· Jonathan Licht, Director, UF Health Cancer Center
· James Lloyd, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
· Anna McDaniel, Dean, College of Nursing
· David Nelson, Interim Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and President, UF Health
· David Norton, Vice President for Research
· Mike Perri, Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions
· Win Phillips, Executive Chief of Staff
· Steve Sugrue, Acting Associate Vice President for Research, UF Health
· J. Adrian Tyndall, Interim Dean, College of Medicine

If you have input on the recommended qualifications for candidates or specific names of excellent potential candidates, please feel free to reach out to me at and to Melissa Curry at As with previous cabinet-level searches, there is an intention to provide opportunities for campus input on finalists when we reach that stage.

UF is fortunate to have Dr. David Nelson as our Interim Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and President, UF Health. In the midst of leadership transitions, I know UF Health will continue to excel.

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