John C. Baldwin, M.D., has been named the sole finalist for the position of president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Chancellor Kent Hance announced Thursday. State law requires a sole finalist to be named, and after 21 days, the final offer can be made.
Baldwin, who is currently president and chief executive officer of the Immune Disease Institute, an affiliate of Harvard University, was selected as sole finalist after an extensive national search by a Board of Regents search committee in consultation with an advisory committee.
Baldwin earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard, where he was one of 12 students to be elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society as a junior. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Harvard, Baldwin was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. He received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Baldwin has extensive business experience in biotechnology and bioengineering, intellectual property, technology transfer, pharmaceutical and device company start-up, health insurance, banking and non-profit organizations.
"I was given several extremely well-qualified candidates from which to pick, but John Baldwin stood out to me as the person best suited to lead the Health Sciences Center," Hance said. "His medical skill and knowledge of the healthcare system is unparalleled. His business and leadership experience is extensive. John Baldwin is the right person to lead the Health Sciences Center here in Lubbock and at all six state-wide campuses, including our new and second medical school in El Paso. I believe he is the most qualified person in the country to lead our health sciences center. He is a fifth-generation native Texan, and we are pleased to welcome him back home to Texas to assume the presidency."
Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., continues to serve as interim president of the HSC. He began his duties last July when M. Roy Wilson, M.D., left to become chancellor of the newly consolidated University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
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