Dr. J. Lyle Bootman Steps Down as Senior VP for Health Sciences


To: UA Campus Community
From: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, UA President
Date: September 12, 2012
Subject: Dr. J. Lyle Bootman Steps Down as Senior VP for Health Sciences

After serving as senior vice president for health sciences for the past year, Dr. J. Lyle Bootman is stepping down from this interim role, effective September 12, 2012, to leave open the possibility of becoming a candidate for the permanent position. Dr. Bootman’s direct reports will now report to Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
"A year ago, I was extremely honored to have been asked to direct the Arizona health sciences and its health professions colleges. Under the guidance of our deans and many dedicated partners, our academic health center is progressing toward worthy goals that have the potential to significantly improve health care and health professions education on many fronts. I resign from my current interim position as head of these efforts with every intent of staying deeply committed to the future success of the Arizona Health Sciences Center," Dr. Bootman stated yesterday.

Dr. Bootman will return full time to the position of dean of the UA College of Pharmacy, a position he has held since 1987. He also holds professorships of pharmacy, medicine and public health and is the founding executive director of the UA Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic (HOPE) Research. Dr. Bootman has received numerous honors and awards over the years, including the Joseph P. Remington Honor Medal in 2008, the highest honor given by the profession of pharmacy to recognize distinguished service and lifetime contributions. He is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. He is currently President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Shortly after my arrival to the UA, I initiated a nationwide search for a permanent senior vice president for health sciences.  As I mentioned previously, this is a critically important position that will lead our education, research and clinical efforts, both in Tucson and Phoenix. Dr. Fernando Martinez, director of the Arizona Respiratory Center, director of the BIO5 Institute and professor of pediatrics, is chairing the search, and Witt/Kieffer is serving as the executive search firm.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Bootman for leading the University of Arizona’s health sciences efforts during this critical time of transition. We look forward to continuing to work closely with him in the future.