February 16, 2007
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President Ransom discusses new projects, budget, Master Plan and more at quarterly Town Halls

If you couldn’t attend one of President Scott Ransom’s Town Hall meetings this week, you can still hear and see the latest Health Science Center plans and progress reports by visiting The President’s Corner on our intranet homepage, where a video of his presentation and copies of his slides are posted. If you have a question about anything, a link to President Ransom’s e-mail address is also there. Here’s an overview of the topics he talked about in the February Town Halls.

  • President Ransom is working with 50 leaders from across the Health Science Center who have responsibilities for budgets and/or space to reconcile and streamline institutional accounts, and to produce a “more transparent” budgeting and space allocation process that will be presented to all employees soon.
  • Human Resource Services is developing new processes for faculty, staff and executive evaluations; bonus merit awards; promotions; and training.
  • President Ransom is devoting roughly one-third of his time to meeting with legislators, stakeholders, alumni and key civic leaders about the Health Science Center’s new initiative that is intended to tie together and focus institution-wide programs, the Health Institutes of Texas. [Click here] to see the advertisement about this initiative that appeared in the February issue of Texas Monthly.
  • An aggressive funding effort is being made to finish out the second and fourth floors of the Center for BioHealth to accommodate a Center for Technology Transfer and a Center for Musculoskeletal Research.
  • Recruitment of a president to manage the business aspects of the Health Science Center’s physician practice group, UNT Health, will begin now that the UNT System regents have approved the new position. A national executive search firm and a nine-member committee, led by Elizabeth Palmarozzi, DO, TCOM ’84, chair of family medicine, will lead the process that President Ransom says should result in growing UNT Health into the preeminent multi-specialty medical practice group in Tarrant County.
  • The latest recommendations for the Health Science Center’s long-term Master Plan were received favorably by the regents at their February meeting. Proposed features include traffic control on Montgomery Street, plenty of parking, many new landscaped spaces and gathering areas, conference facilities, research centers and classrooms. You can see updates and slides from the master planning firm, Carter-Burgess, at www.hsc.unt.edu/masterplan .UNT HSC Logo

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