The 13-member committee, which includes six UACC members, is tasked with recruiting and interviewing candidates for the high-visibility UA position. UA College of Medicine Dean Steve Goldschmid, MD, will select the new director. The university is working with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to identify and screen candidates. Some 80 candidates with strong scientific research and administrative skills have been identified and “nominated” for review, although not all are expected to apply for the directorship position.
“We are very pleased thus far with the numbers,” Dr. Lau said.
The majority of the applicants are medical doctors, but individuals who are PhDs and MD/PhDs have also completed applications, she said.
The search committee will conduct “airport interviews” in the Phoenix area July 30 and 31 and possibly one day in August. Dr. Lau said the committee expects to meet approximately 10 candidates at those sessions. A short list of about five candidates will be invited to Tucson in the fall and a director should be identified by Spring 2013. The new director is expected to be in place by Fall 2013.
Dr. Lau said the committee is striving for diversity in candidates – not only in gender and ethnicity but in the fields of expertise. Key attributes include strong leadership and scholarship – an accomplished researcher. The committee will run a “consistent process” for all director candidates, both those from within the University of Arizona as well as those from other institutions.
Dr. Lau said the search committee will not rank candidates but will provide Dean Goldschmid with a list of strengths and weaknesses for the finalists.
Dr. Lau and Dr. Anne Wright, senior associate dean for faculty affairs at the UA College of Medicine and a professor of pediatrics, briefed the UA Cancer Center leadership on Monday. Drs. Lau, Wright and Anne Cress, deputy dean for research and academic affairs at the College of Medicine and a professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology, held a forum for Cancer Center members and staff earlier in June.
David S. Alberts, MD, who has been the UA Cancer Center director since 2005, will remain in the position until his successor arrives in Tucson. He will continue to conduct research at the Cancer Center after he leaves the director position.