Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.
Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Sept. 26 named Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

The Board unanimously approved the decision at a special called board meeting in which candidates were interviewed.

Colasurdo has served as the interim president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston since former president Dr. Larry Kaiser stepped down last year. An internationally known researcher and pediatrician, Colasurdo joined the faculty of the Medical School in 1995 and was named chair of the division of pediatrics in 2005. In 2007, he became dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences at Medical School.

“Dr. Colasurdo is a remarkable clinician and educator, and we are confident he is the right choice to lead the UT Health Science Center—Houston to even greater levels of teaching, research, and medical care,“ said Regents’ Chairman Gene Powell. “Selecting a campus president is one of the most important decisions Regents make. Dr. Colasurdo was chosen from an outstanding group of candidates, and, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all the candidates who took part in the process.”

A native of Morrone del Sannio, Italy, Dean Colasurdo completed his undergraduate education at Liceo Scientifico Galileo Galilei in Pescara, Italy. He earned his medical degree from G. D’Annunzio School of Medicine in Chieti, Italy. He came to the United States in 1988 and is a U.S. citizen.

“We are extremely happy with the Board’s decision to name Dr. Colasurdo as sole finalist for this critical position. Our advisory committee, composed of faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders, performed admirably in reviewing an exemplary pool of candidates and narrowing the field to the very best in the fields of medicine and health administration,” said Dr. Kenneth Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs and chair of the presidential search advisory committee. “We are grateful to the committee for its hard work and dedication.”

Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making an appointment.

— UT System