UTHSC recruits new Chancellor, Dr. Peter Buckley

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UTHSC recruits new Chancellor, Dr. Peter Buckley

01 Feb, 2022

Dr. Peter Buckley Confirmed as New Chancellor for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has a new chancellor after a special meeting of the Board of Trustees held Monday afternoon.

Trustees approved UT System President Randy Boyd’s recommendation that Peter F. Buckley be appointed as the next chancellor of UTHSC. Buckley’s appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2022, and he will replace Steve Schwab, who announced his retirement in June and will be returning to faculty. The chancellor serves as a member of the UT system leadership team, reporting directly to UT President Randy Boy. The chancellor is the chief academic and administrative officer for UTHSC.  Buckley said he sees his role as one of advocacy for the university. He succeeds Dr. Steve J. Schwab who served as the chancellor for 12 years.

“On behalf on the Board, I’d like to thank President Boyd and the search committee, which was led by Trustee Bill Rhodes,” UT Board Chair John Compton said. “Collectively they have made an excellent decision and we look forward to Chancellor Buckley’s future successes.”

“I have been extremely impressed at the level of insight and energy Peter has demonstrated throughout the search process,” Boyd said. “I could not be more excited about the future of UTHSC under his leadership and with all of our support.”

Buckley has been the dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine since 2017 and also previously served for seven years as School of Medicine dean at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. A psychiatrist and international expert in schizophrenia, Buckley is also a professor of psychiatry. From January through September 2020, he served as interim CEO of VCU Health System and interim senior vice president of VCU Health Sciences while leading the health system-health sciences response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In service to academic medicine, Buckley chairs the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is also on the AAMC’s Board of Directors.

To access Buckley’s full curriculum vitae and to download a photo, please visit: https://hr.tennessee.edu/executive-search/uthsc-chancellor/finalists/peter-buckley/.

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 11,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 400,000 alumni around the world.

About UTHSC 

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state.

Search Committee Members for UTHSC Chancellor Recruitment

The search committee is chaired by Bill Rhodes, member of the UT Board of Trustees. The committee includes members of faculty, staff, student and alumni communities:

  • Marie Chisholm-Burns, UTHSC dean of the College of Pharmacy
  • Jacquelyne Cotton, UTHSC executive administrative aide in the Office of Finance
  • Samuel Dagogo-Jack, UTHSC professor of medicine, director of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, A.C. Mullins Chair in Translational Research
  • Sonali Demla, UTHSC Student Government Association president and dentistry student
  • Joseph Landsman, president and chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Wendy Likes, UTHSC dean of the College of Nursing
  • Stacey Patterson, UT System vice president for research, outreach and economic development
  • Donde Plowman, UT Knoxville chancellor
  • Cynthia Russell, UTHSC interim vice chancellor of academic, faculty and student affairs
  • Phil Wenk, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Tennessee, chair of the UTHSC Advisory Board and chair of the UT Foundation Board of Directors
  • Cord Williams, UTHSC information technology analyst

Sources / Citations 

  • https://news.uthsc.edu/announcements/ut-board-confirms-next-chancellor-of-uthsc/
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-chancellor-named-for-uthsc/ar-AARxTIR
  • https://news.uthsc.edu/announcements/ut-system-launches-search-for-uthsc-chancellor/
  • https://news.uthsc.edu/about-uthsc/


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