Tyler & Company Leading Medical University Provost Search

May 3, 2016 – Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been retained by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to lead its search for a new provost. The firm, based in Atlanta, specializes in recruiting top talent for healthcare, academic medicine and health sciences concerns.

Alan D. Johns, senior vice president and head of Tyler & Company’s academic medicine and health sciences division, is leading the search along with assistant vice president Rene Dodd.

As the chief academic officer reporting directly to the president, the provost is responsible for institutional vision setting, strategic planning, oversight and investment for education and biomedical research. The vice president for research, associate provost for educational affairs and student life, the deans of the six colleges and the directors of the institution’s research and academic support units report to the position.

The provost also works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the strategic directions and policies of the University are aligned with the academic mission. In the absence of a president, the provost technically acts as CEO for the university.


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As Tyler & Company sets out on its hunt for an incoming visionary, it has its sights set on candidates with advanced degrees and demonstrated achievement in scholarship and teaching for an appointment as tenured full professor. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of accomplishment in an academic leadership position who demonstrate innovation, skill in negotiating the complexity of the academic health center enterprise, and an ability to represent the university effectively to both internal and external constituents.

As South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health center providing a full range of programs in the biomedical sciences, MUSC is engaged in activities statewide. Its campus has an overall population of approximately 13,000 clinicians, faculty staff and students. Nearly 3,000 students in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy) study for degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and other professional levels.

Mr. Johns specializes in recruiting executives for leadership positions within an academic health science center, including schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, allied health professions as well as health systems, teaching hospitals & research centers and institutes. He has led senior level searches for Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, University of Virginia Health System, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, MaineHealth, and the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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