One of the four finalists for the chancellor's post at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Dr. Stephen Klasko notified university officials of his decision in an email Tuesday night, and the university announced the withdrawal Wednesday.
“With mixed emotions and sincere appreciation for the honor of being considered for one of academic medicine's premier opportunities, I am regretfully withdrawing from the UNMC chancellor search,” said Klasko, who is dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of the Health Sciences Center at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
"I was honored to be considered among the caliber of candidates that were identified as finalists,” he said.
University of Nebraska President J.B Milliken said that while he is disappointed that Klasko has withdrawn, "I understand his decision and continue to believe we have an excellent pool of finalists for this important leadership position at the University of Nebraska."
Klasko, 59, has served as dean of the USF medical college since 2004. He noted in documents sent to Nebraska that as CEO of USF Health, research funding had increased from $110 million to more than $250 million. Colleagues and local politicians described him as entrepreneurial and a big contributor to economic development.
In an email to Milliken, Klasko said, "After a careful consideration with my wife and family, I did not feel that I could commit to a move to Omaha at this time."
The first chancellor finalist, Dr. Fred Meyers, executive associate dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, visited UNMC last week. A second finalist, Dr. Daniel Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, will visit June 19-21.
The visit for the third finalist, Dr. Robert Califf, vice chancellor for clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute at Duke University Medical Center, still is being finalized, but he is expected to visit campus in early July, University of Nebraska officials said.