FORT WORTH, Texas— A veritable Who’s Who from government, medicine, and business have come together to serve on the host committee for the upcoming inauguration of Ronald R. Blanck, D.O., as the new president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The 16 committee members share at least two characteristics – admiration for Dr. Blanck’s many achievements in medicine, in both academic and government circles, and support for the UNT Health Science Center’s work in education, research and patient care.
Serving on the committee are:
Inauguration ceremonies for Dr. Blanck are scheduled for April 7 at the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
As part of the festivities, the UNT Health Science Center will host its first community fundraising gala since The Rhapsody in Silver 25th Anniversary Ball in 1996. The 2001 President’s Ball will be held the evening of the inauguration at The Renaissance Worthington in downtown Fort Worth. The students and faculty of the world-renowned UNT College of Music will entertain guests throughout the evening with hot jazz, cool swing, big band favorites and Broadway show-stoppers.
President’s Ball table sponsorships range from $3,000 to $25,000. Individual tickets are $300 to $2,500. Top-level underwriters will be invited to a private reception with UNT System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley and the Inauguration Host Committee before the ball. For information, call 817-735-5493.
Dr. Blanck, 59, most recently served as the Surgeon General of the United States Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command -- with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant general in July 2000.
As president, Dr. Blanck oversees a growing academic medical center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Public Health. More than 190 full-time faculty and 300 volunteer community physicians work with 753 students who are training to be osteopathic physicians, researchers, public health professionals, physician assistants and other health professionals.
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