Dr. Jeffrey Gold said last week during a visit to the University of Nebraska Medical Center that he’s up for a new challenge.
He’s got one.
Late Wednesday, University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken’s office announced that Gold, 61, had been selected as the next UNMC chancellor. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Nebraska Board of Regents, which is set to convene Friday morning in a special meeting in Lincoln.
Gold’s starting salary will be $775,000 a year, Milliken’s office said. Gold’s starting date wasn’t announced.
Gold is chancellor and executive vice president of biosciences and health affairs and executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Last Thursday, Gold was announced as the new, sole finalist for the chancellorship of UNMC. The four previously announced finalists had withdrawn from consideration over the past several months.
Milliken said in a statement that he was delighted to name Gold as UNMC chancellor. “The feedback I’ve received from Dr. Gold’s visit to Nebraska last week and his references confirm my view that he is exactly the right person to build on UNMC’s tremendous momentum and lead the campus in this exciting and challenging time for health care.”
Regents board Chairman Tim Clare of Lincoln had said the regents planned to increase the next chancellor’s salary so it met or exceeded the midpoint of peer institutions to be competitive. The midpoint for NU’s peer schools in 2011-12, university officials said, was $600,725.
The current chancellor, Dr. Harold Maurer, is paid $461,102.
An NU official said Gold is getting a higher base salary because he won’t receive a housing allowance, vehicle, club membership or expense account. His only benefits besides some deferred compensation are the standard university benefits such as health and dental insurance.
Gold said in a statement that he was excited “by the future I see” for UNMC. “During my visits to Omaha, the excellence and expertise of the educational, research and clinical programs was immediately apparent.”
Gold has presided over a $100 million building boom on the University of Toledo health sciences campus. A $36 million simulation center is being erected there, and a $10.5 million cancer center has been built. Hospital patient rooms have been renovated and other improvements have been made at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Dr. Lawrence Elmer, a University of Toledo College of Medicine neurology professor, said Gold “turned this place completely around.” Elmer said he once thought he wouldn’t want his daughter, Cara, to attend the school. Two years ago, she graduated from the College of Medicine. “He’s just a remarkable man.”
Maurer, 77, announced in September 2012 that he would make the transition to a fundraising role for UNMC’s planned new cancer center, but he has stayed on the job he has held since 1998 during the search for a successor.
UNMC has an annual operating budget of about $600 million, a staff of more than 5,000, and about 3,700 students.
The regents’ public meeting is at 8:30 a.m. at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln.
World-Herald staff writer Rick Ruggles contributed to this report.