UNT System Regents Expected to Approve Dr. Scott Ransom as Fifth President of Health Science Center

July 17, 2006

The University of North Texas System Board of Regents are expected to vote July 18 (Tuesday) in a specially called meeting to confirm Scott Ransom, DO, MBA, MPH, as the fifth president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

The Regents meeting is set for 2 p.m. in the 8th floor board room of the UNTHSC Education and Administration Building (3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard). It will be followed by an â??invitation onlyâ? reception in the Atrium on the first floor of the building at 4:30 p.m.

On June 23, the Regents selected Dr. Ransom as the only finalist to emerge from a nationwide search process that began last fall when Ronald R. Blanck, DO, announced his plans to leave the UNTHSC presidency. He left the Health Science Center at the end of June and Daniel Perugini, DO, has been serving as interim president since that time.

A board confirmation on Tuesday will satisfy the Texas legal requirement for an interim period of at least 21 days between the selection of a finalist and the naming of a new president.

Dr. Ransom comes to UNT Health Science Center from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he served as executive director of the program for healthcare improvement and leadership development and professor of obstetrics, gynecology, health management and policy.

He also has served as the director of womenâ??s health and gynecology at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.

His research and consulting include areas related to improving the health care delivery system, womenâ??s health, leadership development, health disparities and performance improvement.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Ransom was vice president for medical affairs and then senior vice president at a large seven-hospital health system. He is past president of the American College of Physician Executives, which includes a national membership of more than 11,000 physician leaders.

After reviewing the credentials of a strong group of candidates recommended by an 18-person search advisory committee made up of students, faculty and staff from the UNTHSC and Fort Worth community members â?? the Board of Regents and Chancellor Lee Jackson chose Dr. Ransom to be the lone finalist for the health science center presidency.

Dr. Ransom received a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City; a master of business administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and a master of public health from Harvard University.

He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Mich. Dr. Ransom is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is composed of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health and the School of Health Professions. The centerâ??s Institutes for Discovery conduct leading-edge research on select health issues, including vision, aging, cancer, heart disease, physical medicine and public health. This year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was named a top 50 medical school in primary care by U.S. News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year.

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Contact: Roddy Wolper at 940-565-2943 or 940-565-2108, or e-mail rwolper@unt.edu.

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