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June 19, 2012

Bioscience Connecticut Transition

Last week’s groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the start of the construction and renovation phase of Bioscience Connecticut. This milestone reflects nearly 18 months of complex planning, negotiations and hard work.

Bioscience Connecticut vice president and strategy officer Tom Callahan guided much of the work in this phase. He developed a governance model that will ensure continued success of this important initiative, in addition to coordinating aggressive project timelines and securing financing. Tom was also instrumental in bringing Jackson Laboratory to our campus and integrating the John Dempsey Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center NICUs.

Effective July 1, Tom will assume a new leadership role at University of Connecticut Storrs campus. He will serve as associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management. In this capacity he will report to Rich Gray, executive vice president for administration and chief financial officer. Transition planning is underway.

Tom has held leadership positions within the University of Connecticut and the UConn Health Center over the last 17 years. He served as interim chief of staff for the Health Center from 2009 until earlier this year. Other previously held positions include associate vice president for administration and operations in Storrs, special assistant to President Philip Austin, associate vice president for government and community relations, and associate vice president for institutional advancement.

Too numerous to list, Tom’s accomplishments at the Health Center have been significant. Please join me in thanking Tom for his service and wishing him success in his new assignment.

Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine