Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA, a Ft. Worth native, has officially been named the sole finalist for the President position of the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center by the University of North Texas Health Systems (UNTHS) Board of Regents. Dr. Williams has been serving as interim president since December, when he resigned his position on the UNT System Board of Regents to accept the interim post.
Dr. Williams is a an accomplished physician with a long list of hard-earned college degrees, including Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO) from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the UNTHSC in 1981. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University, and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Ross University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
Among his long list of accomplishments, Dr. Williams is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology. He is also a member of the following medical organizations: Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Hospital Association, American College of Physician Executives, American College of Health Care Executives, and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is also the only healthcare leader from the Texas appointed by U.S. News and World Report to serve on a prestigious advisory committee to help design “Hospital of Tomorrow” – a national conference to be held in Washington, D.C., in the near future.
His dedication to the medical field, patients, and the community is obvious in his work as interim president. Jack Wall, Chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents and co-chairman of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, said in the press release announcement:
“Dr. Williams is passionate about customer satisfaction and quality, which will touch every aspect of the Health Science Center’s three-part mission of education, research, and patient care. He also brings a business acumen that is critical to driving change and progress across the institution.”
Dr. Williams will not officially be offered the permanent position until at least July 3, 2013 – Texas state law requires that university governing boards must name finalists a minimum of 21 days before appointing a permanent president.