Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and CEO, VCU Health System

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), one of the largest universities in Virginia and among the nation’s top public research universities, invites applications and nominations for Senior Vice President for Health Sciences & CEO, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (SVP/CEO).

In its next SVP/CEO, VCU seeks a strong, visionary physician leader who will elevate the enterprise to the next level as a premier, nationally competitive academic medical center and set the strategic course to grow its research, education and clinical care missions. Reporting to the VCU President and to the VCU Health System board, the SVP/CEO has academic responsibility for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, College of Health Professions and the Massey Cancer Center. As CEO of the $3.89 billion comprehensive Health System, this individual will provide visionary leadership and oversight for all VCU hospitals (1,125 beds) and the strategic guidance of VCU Medical Center, which has consistently been ranked the #1 hospital in the region while being the state’s largest safety net hospital. The 800-member MCV physician faculty practice plan president reports up through the Dean of the School of Medicine and the practice plan is a 501c3 under the VCU Medical Center. The SVP/CEO is a senior officer of the University and serves as a critical partner to the President in the University’s academic and strategic deliberations. The SVP/CEO is responsible for all aspects of the academic portfolio for VCU Health Sciences and the administration of the Health System. In addition, the SVP/CEO plays a vital internal and external role as the spokesperson for the Health System.

The successful candidate will be a leader with vision, breadth, and drive; proven intellectual leadership skills; demonstrated executive management experience in an equally complex setting and proven experience leading and inspiring diverse constituents across and throughout the University. An M.D. or the equivalent degree is required. Ideally, this individual will bring: a distinguished record of leadership and success in academic health center research, education and patient care missions; experience leading transparently, fairly, collectively and responsively; a deep understanding of both academic medical centers and universities and the broad threats and opportunities facing both.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to Isaacson, Miller, a national retained executive search firm. All replies will be held in strict confidence. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Correspondence and applications, which should include a resume, should be submitted electronically to the search consultants Denise O’Grady Gaffney, Jamie Sands, Jane McMahon, and Tiffany Weber. Please visit for more information.

All applications must also be submitted through the VCU Jobs website:

VCU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

2020 SVP Health Sciences and CEO VCUHS Search Committee Members

Marilyn Tavenner (Co-chair)Member VCUHS BOD
Michelle Whitehurst CookMember VCUHS BOD, Associate Dean of Admissions
Tim McDermottMember VCUHS BOD
Pam ElMember VCU BOV
Rick WagonerMember VCU BOV
Gopinath JadhavMember VCU BOV and VCUHS BOD
Jay DavenportVice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Srirama Rao (Co-chair)Vice President for Research and Innovation
Karol Kain GraySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Patricia SimeChair, Internal Medicine
Stephen KatesChair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Jean GiddensDean, School of Nursing
Michelle PeaceFaculty, Dept. of Forensic Science
Wyatt Beazley IVChair, MCV Foundation Board
Robert WinnDirector, Massey Cancer Center
Coley WorthamChair, Children's Hospital Foundation
Komal SafdarStudent Representative

Staff: Dick Bunce, Anna McLemore, Marella Briggs

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