Bootman appointed senior vice president for health sciences

J. Lyle BootmanJ. Lyle Bootman, PhD, ScD, longtime dean of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, an internationally noted expert in health outcomes and medication errors and a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, has been appointed UA senior vice president for health sciences, effective Sept. 5. The appointment was announced by UA President Eugene Sander.

Following a short transition period, during which Dr. Bootman is serving as “senior vice president – designate,” he will replace William M. Crist, MD, who plans to retire after serving as UA vice president for health affairs since October 2008. During the transition, the two administrators will work closely together.

As senior vice president, Dr. Bootman will supervise the deans of the colleges at the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC): the UA College of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix campuses); the UA College of Pharmacy; the UA College of Nursing; and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He will work closely with UA officials, alumni, health care organizations, the Arizona Board of Regents, the Arizona Congressional delegation, state legislators, foundations, private corporations and others to develop and execute strategic priorities for AHSC’s academic units.

“Lyle Bootman is an internationally respected healthcare leader, educator and administrator,” Dr. Sander said. “His vast experience and accomplishments in the healthcare arena will serve the University of Arizona and its health sciences colleges extremely well. He is the perfect individual to fill this important position during a time of transition at our University. At the same time, I want to express sincere appreciation to Bill Crist for his dedicated statewide efforts to build and promote the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Bill played a strong role in the growth at the College of Medicine – Phoenix campus, the integration of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare, the development of the Kino Campus and many other achievements.”

Dr. Bootman said, “I look forward to working with the other health sciences deans and the faculty and staff of the Arizona Health Sciences Center to reach our potential as a leading academic health center. We plan to marshal our creativity, skills and resources to keep improving our services and programs for the benefit of Arizona and beyond.”

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