Office of the President
Coming back to the UNT Health Science Center campus has a particularly special meaning for me. As I return to my hometown and to my alma mater, it strikes me that this is very much a time of fresh beginnings. I am excited and eager to work closely with you – and I can assure you that there is no more enthusiastic advocate of this institution. I look forward to putting those words into action.
In the decades since my days as a student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, this institution has evolved into one of the most respected health science centers in the country – still training students for careers in medicine, but broadening its impact into related health professions, public health leadership, scientific research and discovery, and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care. I’ve watched the evolution of UNTHSC with pride as a graduate and as a member of the UNT System Board of Regents. I have seen first-hand the commitment to the growth and excellence of this institution from the faculty and staff, from the leadership of the Fort Worth community, from alumni, and from the Chancellor and Board.
I look forward to joining with you as together we create solutions for a healthier community. As we work through this leadership change, it is important to note that I do not anticipate a directional change. I have a full appreciation of our many areas of strength at UNTHSC, and I am committed to providing continuity in executing the strategic plan that already has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Regents. My hope is to be an effective advocate for the institution and a bridge for clear communications to all our constituencies.
I am eager to visit with you to discuss a shared vision and the priorities needed to accomplish that vision. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to schedule sessions where we can get to know and understand one another.
This is a time of transition and change – but I can imagine no better place to address change than in an environment of learning and discovery. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and education is at the core of who we are. What the UNT Health Science Center does in the months and years ahead – with the excitement of a new semester, the commitment and focus of our leadership, the launch of exciting new programs and the engagement of new ideas – will shape this institution and will touch lives for many decades to come.
I am excited to be given this opportunity. I am thrilled to be back in Fort Worth and eager to roll up my sleeves to work with you to ensure that we continue on an ever positive trajectory. In the days and weeks ahead, I pledge to keep you current with our plans and progress as we work through this transition, and I will welcome your support.
I’m humbled to be able to serve you as we move ahead together with confidence.
Williams, DO, MD, MBA