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Board of directors picks successor for Dr. Joe Robertson at Tuesday meeting following national search.

COURTESY OHSU - Dr. Danny JacobsThe OHSU board of directors unanimously selected Dr. Danny Jacobs, 63, as the next and fifth president of the Portland-based teaching univeristy on Tuesday.

Jacobs, the executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, will succeed Dr. Joe Robertson, effective Aug. 1.

"I am humbled and honored to join this excellent team," Jacobs said in a prepared statement after his slection. "It's clear to me that OHSU is a special place, deeply woven into the fabric of the community, and by community, I mean all of Oregon's 96,000 square miles. That's very exciting to me."

In addition to selecting Jacobs as the next president of OHSU, the board also approved extending Robertson as president through July 31. Robertson retired in October 2017, following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. He has served as president, without salary, while the search was conducted.

Jacobs was selected after a months-long national search. According to Wayne Monfries, chair of the OHSU board of directors, the search generated an outstanding pool of candidates. Each of the three finalists came to Oregon for three days of public and private campus and community meetings.

"The response to the search and the quality of the candidates reflects OHSU's strong reputation and ability to compete nationally and internationally," said Monfries. "The search ended with three remarkable finalists, making our decision difficult."

According to OHSU, Jacobs is the chief academic officer at UTMB, responsible for approximately 3,800 employees and trainees for its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. A surgeon by training, Jacobs' faculty appointments at UTMB include professorships in the Institute for Translational Sciences as well as the departments of Surgery, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health. He also oversees the institution's research programs.

Jacobs has made significant contributions to UTMB's success, OHSU says, including the completion of a $450 million capital campaign and the development of strategic plans informed by stakeholders across both the academic and clinical enterprises. Jacobs, as one of two executive vice presidents and the delegated head of the faculty group practice, is a principal partner in the UTMB health care system, comprising 681 beds, 77 ambulatory sites and a $2.2 billion annual budget.

Jacobs is married to Nancy Jacobs, a nutritionist and Oregon State University graduate, with three grown children and three grandchildren.

You can read OHSU's complete statement at tinyurl.com/ybcaaevb.

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