University Communications

Medical School Dean and Vice President Announcement

Email from President Kaler to all faculty and staff
November 14, 2013


Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jay Brooks Jackson as our new Medical School Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences, effective February 17, 2014, and pending approval by the Board of Regents on December 13, 2013.

Dr. Jackson has an incredible track record of success. He is the top funded researcher, in a top department, at one of the nation's best medical schools. He comes to us from Johns Hopkins University where he has served as Director of Pathology for 12 years. Under his leadership, the school has ranked first in NIH funding among pathology departments, has become one of the most diverse at all levels, and has obtained significant philanthropy. Dr. Jackson also has an MBA and the business acumen necessary to lead a complicated organization like the Academic Health Center.

Dr. Jackson is an internationally recognized researcher in HIV diagnostics, prevention, and treatment; he's taught a course to every medical student at Johns Hopkins since 1997; and he's an active clinician. He is also a proven university leader, having served on many medical school, hospital, and institutional committees, including chairing the school's promotion and tenure committee for 10 years.

Dr. Jackson is a dedicated alum of our own Medical School's pathology residency and served as a junior faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School at the start of his career.

The Dean/VP position is a big job and one that is critically important to the University and the state. In an ever-changing health care landscape, it is our responsibility to train the next generation of health professionals, to pursue discovery, and to provide high quality clinical care. I believe Dr. Jackson is the right leader at the right time for our Medical School and Academic Health Center. He is an outstanding scientist, a strong clinician, a dedicated teacher and mentor, and a highly successful administrator. He also has the skills, the experience, the intellect, the determination, and the reputation to enhance the national standing of our Medical School and lead the AHC.

This was an extensive national and inclusive search, and I want to thank all those who participated and provided feedback. Thank you in particular to search committee chairs Dean Leon Assael and Dr. Bobbi Daniels, and to the search committee and search advisory committee members. I know that this work takes significant time and I truly appreciate your willingness to participate in this critically important process.

I also want to thank VP/Dean Aaron Friedman for his leadership and service to the University. Dr. Friedman has agreed to continue to serve as VP/Dean to assist with a smooth transition until Dr. Jackson arrives in February.

Please join me in welcoming Brooks Jackson to campus as our new Medical School Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Kaler
President