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October 2, 2017

Friends and forums

There is no doubt that working with partners who share our values is crucial to our success. This is so important, we have captured it in Goal 5 of the UI Health Care 2017-2020 integrated strategic plan: Strong Partnerships.

At investiture ceremonies last week and today we celebrate one of our most significant partnerships—the important role our friends and donors play in the continued success of our academic medical center when they provide funds for endowed positions.

At the Fall investiture ceremony last Thursday we honored the friends and family of former Department of Urology Chair Richard D. Williams, MD, for establishing the Richard D. Williams Chair in Urology and celebrated the appointment of Michael O’Donnell, MD, to this endowed position. We also thanked the Fraternal Order of Eagles for establishing the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chair in Diabetes Research, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Professorship in Diabetes Research, and recognized the appointment of Chris Adams, MD, PhD, to the endowed chair, and Yumi Imai, MD, to the endowed professorship.

Today, we will be honoring the philanthropy of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust at an investiture ceremony and reception beginning at 4 p.m. in the Urmila Sahai Auditorium, MERF. We will honor the Carver Trust for establishing the Roy J. Carver Chair in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, to be bestowed upon John Wemmie, MD, PhD, and also the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience, which will be awarded to Ted Abel, PhD. I hope you are able to join us as we pause to recognize all involved in the establishment of these two endowed chair positions and the researchers receiving them.

Philanthropic gifts from partners like the Williams family, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Carver Trust strengthen our academic, clinical, and research missions and help ensure our long-term stability and growth. The value of having a permanent source of funding to support and encourage faculty excellence cannot be overstated. These gifts also help us recognize and retain the best and brightest people, and are a public show of support that attracts other top researchers, clinicians, and instructors to want to be a part of UI Health Care.

On another note, the search for a new UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine is continuing. The search committee invites all faculty, staff, and students to attend the public forums for two final candidates. The forums are:

5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF
5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF

Both forums will be followed by a public reception, and names of the candidates will be announced 24 hours prior to their arrival at the University of Iowa.

I encourage you to participate in the forums, and to join me in thanking all our friends and donors who support our tripartite mission. Together, we can continue to improve health in Iowa and beyond.

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