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July 22, 2021

1. Chancellor Search: Open Sessions

The search process to find a successor for Chancellor Schwab is underway and we have retained the national executive search firm WittKieffer to assist with the search. John Thornburgh, Jeff Schroetlin, and Dr. Tony Barbato, along with members of the search committee, will conduct a series of meetings with stakeholders including administrators, faculty, students, trainees, and clinical and community partners. Their goal is to become better informed about the culture, strengths and opportunities for UTHSC, and to assist in further establishing the candidate criteria for this important role.

Comments and themes will be collected and shared with President Boyd and the search committee, chaired by UT Trustee Bill Rhodes. Based on all input, we will prepare a Leadership Profile document that will represent this opportunity to the marketplace.

This is an exciting time for UTHSC, and your participation in this process will be integral to our success in identifying this new leader to build upon Dr. Schwab's success. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process.

You are welcome to attend the Open Sessions in person or via Zoom. Faculty and Staff, please see the email you were sent this morning for your Zoom link, meeting ID, and passcode. Students, you will be sent a reminder email tomorrow morning, but you can also reference the email you were sent on July 13.

Open Session for Faculty:
Thursday, July 22
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, CDT
GEB, Room A104

Open Session for Staff:
Thursday, July 22
2:00 – 3:00 pm, CDT
GEB, Room A104

Open Session for Students:
Friday, July 23
1:00 – 2:00 pm, CDT
GEB, Room A104

As you prepare for this session, please keep the following questions in mind: 

  • What is the ideal candidate profile? (experience, leadership, context)
  • What do you expect the new Chancellor to accomplish in the first 18 to 24 months?
  • What are some of the challenges the next Chancellor will encounter?
  • How do you currently view the strengths and opportunities for UTHSC?
  • How can UTHSC and the next Chancellor advance the missions of education, clinical care, research, and community engagement?
  • Why is this a great move for a strong candidate?
  • Who would you suggest as a potentially outstanding candidate?

2. Donation Drive for School Supplies

UTHSC is partnering with Omega Ministries to distribute backpacks full of school supplies to K-12 students in the Memphis community – and we need your help to fill the backpacks!

UTHSC will be collecting donations of school supplies at several buildings on campus now through Friday, July 30. Monetary donations are also accepted! If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please contact Sally Badoud at

Bring your donation (supplies, cash, or check) to the Madison Plaza on Tuesday, July 27 or Wednesday, July 28 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and receive a FREE UTHSC gaiter!

3. Nominations Open for Lichterman Award

Each year, non-exempt employees with at least 3 years of service can be nominated for the Lichterman award by a supervisor, co-worker, or other UTHSC/UCH employee. Nominees should possess qualities such as dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. If you know of any UTHSC or UCH employees that meet these standards of service, please nominate them!

The easiest way to nominate an employee is to use the People Search on the UTHSC website. If an employee is eligible for the award, you will see a nomination button at the top of their People Search Details page.

For more information about the award, visit

4. UTHSC TechConnect Goes Live on Monday, July 26

On Monday, July 26, UTHSC TechConnect, the new IT service site, will be available to you to report issues, request services, find technical information, and so much more. Once live, UTHSC TechConnect will replace the ability to send an email to so that ITS can provide you with easier and quicker service.

Tomorrow, Friday, July 23, we will start our transition from Footprints by transferring all open tickets to UTHSC TechConnect. As this occurs, you may start getting ticket updates from the new system via the email address You also will notice that the updates originate from This is correct, as Team Dynamix is the tool that powers UTHSC TechConnect.

We hope you are as excited as we are! Visit our TechConnect introduction page to meet our friend Veronica, get a sneak peek, and learn more.

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5. July 30: Tax-Free Holiday at the HSC Hub

Stop by the HSC Hub on Friday, July 30 – or visit the HSC Hub's website July 30 through August 1 – and purchase tax-free clothing, school supplies, and computers! Certain restrictions apply. Items must be purchased for personal use, not for business or trade.

Employees can also take advantage of paycheck deductions for items purchased during the tax-free holiday! This is only available in person at the HSC Hub location, and not via website orders.

Items that will be tax free:

  • General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, sweatshirts, windbreakers, etc.
  • School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, paper, pens, etc.
  • Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less
  • Laptop computers and tablets, if priced at $1,500 or less

Items that will NOT be tax free:
  • Apparel items priced at more than $100
  • Items sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum
  • Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment
  • School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100
  • Storage media, like flash drives
  • Individually purchased software
  • Printer supplies

The HSC Hub is located on the first floor of the Madison Plaza on the Memphis campus, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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