Dr. Donald Molony
Dr. Donald Molony

Dr. Donald Molony, professor of internal medicine, has been elected chair of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) for The University of Texas System for the upcoming academic year.

The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council is a selected representative advisory group that works with and on behalf of faculty of The University of Texas System. The mission of the FAC is to provide a forum for communicating ideas and information between faculty, the Board of Regents, and the chancellor and executive officers of the UT System.

In addition to any executive position on the FAC, each UT institution has two faculty representatives who serve on the FAC. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is currently represented on the FAC by the Interfaculty Council (IFC) chair and IFC past chair; in this current academic year, UTHealth has been represented by Molony and Dr. Tom Cole, professor in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. Incoming representative is Dr. Diane Bick, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and immediate past representative was Dr. Richard Castriotta, professor of internal medicine.

Prior to his election as chair, Molony served as the co-chair of the Health Affairs Subcommittee of the FAC and on the FAC executive committee for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Molony has been chair of the Medical School Faculty Senate for five non-continuous terms and is currently a senator. He also has served as IFC chair and is currently immediate past chair of the IFC.  In 2012, he received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and was named a Regents Distinguished Teaching Professor of The University of Texas System.

Molony’s term as FAC chair will be effective through June 2014, and he will serve on the FAC executive committee through June 2015. The FAC meets in regular session at least three times a year. Additionally, the FAC chair is asked to present to the Board of Regents bi-annually and to represent the faculty at regular Board of Regents meetings and to meet with the UT System chancellor or vice-chancellors on a regular basis.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School