Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, has accepted a job offer from the University of Nebraska to serve as chancellor of the institution’s medical center.In a letter sent to faculty, staff and students on Health Science Campus, Gold thanked the UT community.
“After nearly a decade in Toledo, I was recently presented with a new challenge and opportunity at the University of Nebraska,” Gold wrote. “After several visits and meetings with physicians, staff and students and the community there, and after discussions with my family and those colleagues and friends I value so much at UT and around the nation, I have decided to continue to pursue a new stage in my career in Omaha.
“I want to thank you all for the work you do to improve the human condition on a daily basis. Higher education and health care are not easy businesses to be in, and policy and demographic trends are unlikely to make things easier any time soon. But they are also undeniably some of the most personally fulfilling careers, and it is because of all of you that my time in Toledo has been so personally rich and rewarding,” he wrote.
In a message to the UT Board of Trustees, UT President Lloyd Jacobs described Gold as a transformational leader and pointed specifically to the work Gold led integrating the University following the 2006 merger.
“For the past nine years, Jeff has provided UT transformational leadership and much of the close integration and collaboration between faculty, staff and students on the Health Science Campus with their counterparts on the Main Campus has been thanks to the efforts of him and his team,” Jacobs wrote.
Jacobs wrote that UT’s colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Health Sciences have never been stronger and noted that UTMC’s elevated position in the community and across the nation is thanks to Gold’s leadership.
“I am always honored when other institutions look to UT for leadership even as I am sorry to see Jeff go,” Jacobs wrote. “I know you will join me and the entire UT community in thanking Jeff for his service to this University and to this community.”
Jacobs said plans regarding filling the leadership roles vacated by Gold will take place during the next several weeks and will be announced when finalized.