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Search begins for Med Center CEO

Seligman to chair committee

A national search process is under way to identify a successor to C. McCollister (Mac) Evarts, senior vice president for health affairs and CEO of the Medical Center. President Seligman made the announcement January 9 in a global e-mail message sent to faculty and staff.

Evarts '57 (MD), '64M (Res), who has led the Medical Center since July 2003, has agreed to continue until his term ends June 30 or until a successor is chosen, whichever is later, to ensure a smooth transition.

"Mac Evarts provided great leadership to the Medical Center during the past three consequential years," says Seligman. "He has done much to strengthen a great institution and brought wisdom and stability that has been lauded by all with whom he has worked."

Seligman will chair the search committee, which includes faculty members as well as several key central administrators. (For a complete list of committee members, visit Assisting in the search will be four advisory committees, including a Board of Trustees Advisory Committee chaired by William Peck '60M (MD), '00 (HNR), trustee and director of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. Three other advisory committees soon to be named will include community representatives and Medical Center patient care leaders, education and research faculty within the Medical Center, and medical students, fellows, residents, and graduate students. An executive search firm soon will be selected to assist in the process.

Former chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, Evarts served as the CEO of the Milton Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University and as senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at Penn State before returning to Rochester in early 2003.

"It has been a privilege and honor to lead the institution that is my academic and professional home," Evarts says. "I am confident that this institution is poised for greatness, and I look forward to continuing to be part of its march toward national prominence."

Seligman will host a gala on May 19 to celebrate Evarts's achievements and has recommended to the Board of Trustees that Evarts be appointed Distinguished University Professor, affording him lifetime rights and privileges as a senior faculty member. "Mac is a published academic scholar, an accomplished academic administrator, a gifted and compassionate clinician-teacher, and a graduate of this University," Seligman adds. "I can think of no more appropriate honor."

To read a letter from Evarts to Seligman, Seligman's response, and Seligman's letter nominating Evarts for a Distinguished University Professorship, visit

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