Charles Taylor, known for his role as Dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy, will become provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at UNT Health Science Center, a news release announced, adding that Taylor said he was “excited, honored and humbled” to accept the position, which will take effect Aug. 1.
“We should be a beacon of excellence and innovation in educating the next generation of scientists and health professionals,” he said in the release. “My top priority is to recruit deans who are dynamic leaders, business-minded, visionary and student-centric to take UNTHSC to the next level.”
Over the past 13 months, Taylor has overseen the final months of a successful accreditation process, prepared his team for its move into the soon-to-open Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building, and stepped in to fill a critical leadership role at the Institute for Patient Safety, the release detailed. Additionally, Taylor worked to expand pharmacy residency education, created a student experience initiative, and integrated pharmacy faculty into the UNT Health Clinical Practice Group.
“When Dr. Taylor arrived here, he vowed to rethink pharmacy education to help create a new kind of provider of the future,” UNTHSC President Michael Williams said in the release. “He fully embraces our Extraordinary Teamwork approach to health care and education that is central to our One University vision. I am confident he will continue this approach as our university’s provost.”
In his new role as Provost, Taylor will be UNTHSC’s chief academic officer, overseeing and aligning academic and budgetary policies and priorities, fostering academic excellence, and ensuring student and faculty success, the release detailed.
Taylor is replacing Claire Peel who served as interim provost and EVP for academic affairs.
Throughout his career, Taylor has also served as Dean and VP of academic affairs at Northeast Ohio Medical University; associate dean for clinical affairs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy; and senior associate dean at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.
Taylor holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University and underwent his post-graduate residency training at Duke University Medical Center.
Until his successor is named, Taylor will continue to serve as Dean of the College of Pharmacy. A town hall is also scheduled for Sept. 6 with the new provost and the UNTHSC president.