Sylvia Trent-Adams became the seventh president of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth and the first black woman to lead a health sciences center in Texas.
His appointment was made official this week by the school’s board of directors.
Adams was selected by the Regents as the sole finalist for the job on August 19 after an eight-month nationwide search. State law requires university boards to nominate finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making a permanent appointment.
“From the first time I set foot on the HSC campus in January 2020, I could feel the energy and tell there was something different about this university,” Trent-Adams said. in a press release. “It’s the desire to make a difference in people’s lives, and that’s why I came to HSC.”
The new president said HSC has aimed to make a difference since its founding. Now, 50 years later, the HSC community continues to change the world every day, primarily through world-class research, teaching, patient care and service, she said.
“What’s special about HSC is that it does so with an unusual blend of innovation and compassion,” said Trent-Adams, who looks forward to building on that legacy and shaping the “HSC’s next great chapter of working for the public good”.
Prior to being named president, Trent-Adams served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for the Health Sciences Center. She succeeds Michael Williams, who became chancellor of the UNT system on January 1 and continued to serve as president of the HSC during the search process.
Located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Health Sciences Center trains future healthcare providers while pushing the frontiers of scientific discovery.
Start with a ‘listening tour’
Trent-Adams said she will embark on a listening tour to learn from HSC faculty, staff and students, in addition to community stakeholders, what the university’s priorities should be.
According to a release, his areas of focus include expanding and nationally focusing on HSC’s cutting-edge research in health disparities, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, forensic identification and Moreover. Trent-Adams also wants to expand HSC’s clinical capabilities and academic programs; expand the university’s relationships with the community in global health and other initiatives; and increased fundraising and philanthropic activities, according to an HSC statement.
“Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams is an extraordinarily accomplished academic leader in health care,” Chancellor Williams said in a statement.
Williams says the new president has “the unique vision, integrity and compassion to take on the leadership of the HSC.”
It’s a time of opportunity for HSC, she says, and Trent-Adams has proven both the “skills and the imagination to be an inspiring leader, meeting the challenges of our time.”
The president of the Health Science Center reports to the UNT system chancellor and is the CEO of the university, according to the statement. The President is responsible for the overall direction and management of all campus programs, services, and activities in all areas of the university, including academic affairs, administration, strategic planning, student services, financial management, external relations and fundraising.
UNT said in a statement that the president leads, champions and leverages the campus’s critical and unique role in advancing the center’s academic, research and outreach mission and in supporting the university’s reputation. as a Distinguished Academic Health Sciences Center. The president acts as a catalyst for creativity, innovation and progress, the UNT said.
“It is a tremendous honor to lead HSC, one of the most forward-thinking health science centers in the country,” said Trent-Adams. “I am humbled and grateful, but not intimidated, by the task ahead of me. I am drawn to challenges and look forward to this wonderful opportunity.
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