Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Accepts Colorado Position

April 11, 2006
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LUBBOCK –Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., has accepted the chancellor position of the newly consolidated University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC).

Wilson announced to the Health Sciences Center faculty, staff and students that he will leave his position with the Health Sciences Center on July 1. An interim president will be named and a presidential search committee will be formed by Texas Tech University System Interim Chancellor Donald Haragan, Ph.D., and the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents at a later date.

“I have had the opportunity to work with exceptional faculty, staff and students here at the Health Sciences Center,” Wilson said. “And serving as president during these last three years has been a tremendous privilege. This university has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in its faculty and staff, and the students are great. My wife Suzanne and I will miss our association with all of you here in Lubbock and the wonderful West Texas community.

“During our time here, the university and community accepted and supported my vision for advancing academics and research at the Health Sciences Center, and for this I am deeply grateful,” Wilson said.

Haragan said Wilson brought a new vision and vitality to the Health Sciences Center. “He has achieved many things including working to reduce health disparities in our community, increasing the availability of health care education to more students and taking the lead in the establishment of a four-year medical school in El Paso. He will be missed by the Texas Tech family,” Haragan said.

Wilson, an ophthalmologist, began his term as president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center June 9, 2003. He earned his medical degree in 1980 from the Harvard Medical School and his master of sciences in epidemiology in 1990 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at the Harvard Medical School and an internship in internal medicine at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. He also completed a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Wilson said he is excited about the possibilities this new endeavor brings, particularly with the consolidation of the two Colorado universities.

“The University of Colorado at Denver aspires to be the premier urban research university in the country, and the Health Sciences Center is among the top public health sciences centers in the nation,” Wilson said. “The prospect of shepherding the UCDHSC as it consolidates the two cultures and missions of these universities is extremely attractive to me because of the opportunities it presents in shaping higher education, research and health care in the state of Colorado and the nation.”

The University of Colorado is a three-campus system with campuses in Boulder and Colorado Springs, and a Denver and Health Sciences Center campus located in Denver and at the former Fitzsimons Army Base in Aurora.

The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center is home to a full range of undergraduate programs and graduate degree programs. The downtown Denver location puts it at the heart of Colorado’s capitol. The burgeoning Fitzsimons campus in Aurora puts the university on the forefront of biotechnology development and innovation.