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Memphis, Tennessee (April 6, 2006) – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) announced today that two new vice chancellors have been selected to fulfill the academic health science center’s missions of community service and research. After a nationwide search, La Don Jones, PhD, was selected for the position of vice chancellor for community affairs. Leonard R. Johnson, PhD, was named vice chancellor for research, after serving in this position on an interim basis since last fall.
Assuming his new
position on April 3, Dr. Jones comes to the UT Health Science Center with
extensive experience in healthcare delivery and administration, as well as
higher education. For the last three years, he served as vice president of
technology and instructional resources at Baptist College of Health Sciences in
Since earning his
doctorate in health services administration from the
In addition to his
professional career, Dr. Jones has donated a great deal of his time to the
According to search committee co-chairs, Ann Cashion, PhD, and Grant Somes, PhD, “The search committee believes that Dr. Jones' demonstrated community leadership through organizations such as Leadership Memphis, as well as his academic administrative experience at Baptist College of Health Sciences uniquely qualified him to spearhead UTHSC's efforts to strengthen collaborative community relationships and promote community service.”
Assuming the position of vice chancellor for research
immediately, Dr. Johnson is no stranger to the workings of research or
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Johnson has garnered numerous honors and awards. A two-time winner of the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, most recently Dr. Johnson was honored as the John H. Walsh Memorial Lecturer at the UCLA College of Medicine. With over 225 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Johnson continues to produce groundbreaking research. He currently is the principal investigator of two NIH funded projects and is a co-investigator for two additional NIH research studies.
Dr. Johnson led the UTHSC Department of Physiology for 16 years until he assumed the role of interim vice chancellor for research. Since that time, he has instituted new programs and is pursuing several initiatives to fulfill UTHSC’s research mission. In this new position, he will also oversee the allocations of research space and help develop more robust rewards systems for UTHSC scientists. Oversight of regulatory and safety committees will also reside within the Office of Research.
“As we continue to shape our transforming vision and strategy for the future of UTHSC, Drs. Johnson and Jones will play fundamental roles in the success of our research enterprise and of our expanding role as a community service leader,” said William F. Owen, Jr. MD, UTHSC chancellor.
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