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October 2007 Issue

Jane Henney, MD
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Henney to Step Down as Provost in June 2008

By Richard Puff
Published October 2007

Jane Henney, MD, announced that she would step down June 30, 2008, after serving the last five years as senior vice president and provost of health affairs at the Academic Health Center.

She will remain at UC as a  College of Medicine faculty member, continuing her work with a number of other health care organizations on matters related to biomedical research, health policy and global health.

“After considerable thought and careful reflection, I have informed President Zimpher and Jeff Wyler, chairman of the UC Board of Trustees, of my decision not to seek an extension of my contract with the University of Cincinnati when it expires next June,” she wrote in a letter to faculty, staff and students.

Henney said she announced her decision Sept. 7 after it became clear “that the vision and management philosophy used to guide the Academic Health Center held by the UC Board of Trustees and the president is substantially different than the one I was recruited to pursue in 2003.”

She added that she wanted the board and the president to have ample time to pursue new leadership for the Academic Health Center.

Henney joined UC in 2003 after serving as a senior scholar in residence at the Association of Academic Health Centers. From 1998 to 2001, she served as the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“Dr. Henney has led the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Cen-ter during a time of unique and special challenges in the local health care community, as well as leading the Academic Health Center in managing issues at a national level,” said Nancy Zimpher, president of the university.

“Over the past five years, she has strengthened the teaching, research and clinical care functions of the Academic Health Center and positioned us for future success.”

Since Henney became provost, construction has progressed on the 240,000-square-foot CARE/Crawley Building and renovation of the Medical Sciences Building is under way.

Enrollments at the colleges of nursing, pharmacy and allied health sciences have increased substantially at a time of shortages in each of these professions.

A new master’s program in public health and drug discovery also has been implemented.

“You have permitted me to be a part of all of this, and I am grateful,” Henney noted in her letter to the Academic Health Center. 

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