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Job Description / Duties


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center seeks a dynamic, distinguished leader in academic medicine to serve as the next Executive Dean (Dean) of the College of Medicine. The Dean will provide visionary leadership in the advancement of the college’s educational and research missions; promote excellence among faculty, learners, and staff; and play an important role in fundraising and alumni relations.


The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has a 118-year history of training generations of pioneering physicians, surgeons, physician associates, scientists, scholars, and educators. Every year the Dean and over 1,250 faculty proudly welcome 165 medical students, 70 physician associate students, 40 graduate students, 80 post-doctoral researchers, and 188 residents and fellows to join the Sooner tradition. The College is part of the comprehensive OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), including five partner health professions colleges and a graduate college, research centers of excellence such as the Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and a recent clinical integration with the non-profit academic health system OU Health, including OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, and OU Medical Center – Edmond.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost of the OU Health Sciences Center, the Dean will work with colleagues across the enterprise to elevate the academic health center’s impact, reputation, and prestige, and explore new ways to sustain and enhance the connections between the College and OU Health in support of academic and clinical training and workforce development.


The next Dean will be a change agent, building upon this foundation of excellence to lead the next phase of academic and research growth and national distinction guided by the Health Sciences Center’s The OUHSC has set a priority goal to be a top 100 research-driven academic health center according to the Blue Ridge rankings and to achieve this goal in the next 5 years. The Dean will lead the recruitment and retention of faculty of national prominence to achieve this goal.


The Dean will be a nationally recognized scholar who, by example, will set the standards for excellence in research and scholarship, with a particular emphasis on team-based science; translational research; and collaboration with centers of excellence in oncology, diabetes, vision, geroscience, children’s healthcare, and immunology. The Dean supports and guides the M.D.-Ph.D. and similar clinical-scientist development programs and serves as a leader to significantly expand research opportunities for patients, trainees, faculty, and staff, in particular clinical trials and population health.


The ideal candidate will hold an M.D. or combined M.D. degree such as M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., etc., and meet the qualifications for the academic rank of Professor. The successful candidate will also have significant leadership experience in an accredited medical school and/or an academic medical center and have experience working in a dynamic, matrixed, and rapidly evolving organization.


Please direct all nominations, inquiries and applications (including CV and letter of interest) to Jason Petros, Michael Anderson, Kerry Quealy and Cody Burke with WittKieffer, preferably via e-mail, to


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.