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UTHSC Appoints Interim Vice Chancellor for Development

March 22, 2010

Memphis, Tenn. (March 17, 2010) – Steve J. Schwab, MD, interim chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has appointed Keith Carver, PhD, as interim vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs.  Dr. Carver’s appointment becomes effective on April 1, when Linda Garceau-Luis relinquishes the position.  Garceau-Luis is leaving UTHSC, after more than three years, to assume the role of CEO for a major health care foundation.  She is credited with revamping the development organization into a professional, task-oriented office, defining development goals and objectives, and developing close relationships with the UT System development operation.

“We appreciate the contributions Linda made to the university and we wish her all the best as she undertakes new challenges,” Interim Chancellor Schwab said.

Most recently, Dr. Carver spent four years as assistant vice chancellor for Development at UT Martin.  Previously, he worked for almost eight years as a development officer for the College of Law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Working within the development enterprise of the College of Law, he spent three years as assistant director of Development and Alumni Affairs, followed by nearly five years in the leadership position as director of Development and Alumni Affairs.  He also served for one year as a program advisor in the Office of Student Activities at UT Knoxville.

Before joining the UT system, Dr. Carver worked for two years as a director of Special Projects and coordinator for the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.  Prior to that role, for two years he was co-director of the Volunteer Center for Leadership and Service (TeamVOLS) in the Office of Student Activities, UT Knoxville campus.

Dr. Carver holds two degrees from UT Knoxville: a PhD in philosophy with a focus in higher education administration, and an MS with a focus in college student personnel and educational leadership.  He received a BA in sociology from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).

“Dr. Carver is a long-term member of the UT family who brings with him a genuine commitment to the Health Science Center and to our organizational goals.  We look forward to collaborating with him,” Dr. Schwab noted.

A national search will be launched to select the permanent vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC.  The position will report directly to the chancellor and serve as the chief development officer for UTHSC.  While the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs is located on the main UTHSC campus in Memphis, the vice chancellor will also undertake and support development and alumni initiatives in Chattanooga and Knoxville.

The senior development officer will also provide the leadership and coordination for all private fundraising at UTHSC.  The individual will supply direction and staffing for development and alumni activities in coordination with the deans of all six colleges and in collaboration with the UTHSC senior leadership team.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.   Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.  UTHSC has additional colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy plus an Allied Health Sciences unit in Knoxville, as well as a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga.  For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.