The University of North Texas System (UNTS) Board of Regents announced the selection of Dr. Michael R. Williams, current President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC), as the sole finalist for UNTS Chancellor. The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Williams after a months-long search process and thoughtful consideration.
“The UNT System Board of Regents selected Dr. Williams as our next Chancellor because we believe in his vision for, and deep understanding of, our system and member institutions, as well as his proven track record transforming HSC,” said Laura Wright, UNT System Board Chair. “Dr. Williams’ innovative mindset, values-based approach and focus on customer service will be essential leading us into a changing future.”
Dr. Williams is set to become the UNTS’s fourth Chancellor. At the request of the UNTS Board of Regents, Dr. Williams will continue to serve as President of HSC to lead the search for the next President of HSC and support the leadership transition.
“I am grateful for the support of the Board of Regents and the confidence they have in me to lead the UNT System as Chancellor,” said Dr. Williams. “I am excited and energized for the opportunity to lead these world-class universities forward. The potential has never been greater, and the opportunity is endless. I look forward to positioning the entire UNT System as a thought leader in higher education, and propelling meaningful, innovative ideas forward that will shape the future.”
Dr. Williams practiced anesthesiology and critical care medicine in Texas for more than 20 years and is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur. Dr. Williams served as Chief Executive Officer of Hill Country Memorial Hospital, during which time the hospital received numerous state and national awards becoming a Truven Top 100 U.S. hospital in 2011, 2012 and 2013.