Roper Recommended for Reappointment

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April 9, 2007



Roper Recommended for Reappointment to Posts at UNC Health Care System and UNC-Chapel Hill


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –On the recommendation of UNC President Erskine Bowles, the Personnel and Tenure Committee of the UNC Board of Governors will recommend to the full Board that William L. Roper, chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System since 2004, be reappointed to a five-year term ending June 2012. Pending approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, Roper will also continue to serve concurrently as dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. President Bowles, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser, UNC-Chapel Hill Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and UNC Health Care System Board of Directors Chair William McCoy jointly announced the recommendations today.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Roper will continue in his current roles, and he has our full support,” the four said in a joint statement. “Both the School of Medicine and the Health Care System are at critical junctures, and his leadership of these two closely connected institutions has helped raise their already stellar reputations. We cannot be content, however, to rest on past successes and must strive for ongoing improvement. We look forward to Dr. Roper’s continued efforts to ensure the best health care possible for the citizens of North Carolina and to produce the finest new physicians and medical research.”

As CEO, vice chancellor, and dean, Roper oversees an integrated health care system that includes UNC Hospitals and Rex Healthcare, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and UNC Physicians and Associates. In the overarching role of CEO, he reports to President Bowles. As UNC-Chapel Hill vice chancellor and dean, he reports to Chancellor Moeser and Provost Gray-Little, respectively.

“Our vision is to be the leading public medical school and leading public health care system in our nation, and we will continue working toward those ambitious goals, said Roper. The reappointment process, along with important input and feedback we’ve received from faculty and our key constituencies, has given me a greater awareness and understanding of our strengths and weaknesses.   I welcome those ideas and suggestions, and am fully committed to act on them in order to improve our service to the people of North Carolina.”

In addition to his UNC duties, Roper chairs the National Quality Forum, a voluntary consensus organization that focuses on health care quality and patient safety improvement.



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Monday, April 9, 2007

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