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USF med school chief quits job hunt

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 14, 2013 at 07:21 AM
TAMPA -

The head of the University of South Florida?s medical school and USF Health has pulled his name from consideration for the chancellorship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Stephen Klasko, one of four finalists in UNMC?s search, told Nebraska president James B. Milliken that he was withdrawing ?with mixed emotions and sincere appreciation for the honor of being considered for one of academic medicine?s premier opportunities.?

Klasko has been dean of the USF medical school since 2004 and serves as chief executive of USF Health. He signed a new five-year contract in 2011.

Klasko?s aggressive, business-like approach to academic medicine has made him a political and economic player in this region. ?After careful consideration with my wife and family, I did not feel that I could commit to a move to Omaha at this time,? Klasko wrote to Milliken.

An Omaha World-Herald reporter questioned USF Health?s media department this week about discrepancies in Klasko?s resume regarding his participation in major marathons. Klasko said dates were confused when he updated his academic resume, and that the errors played no role in his withdrawal.

Lisa Greene, a spokeswoman for USF Health, said Klasko discussed the likely withdrawal of his candidacy last week.


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