UT system can do better than Governor Perry’s choice for chancellor

UT system can do better than Governor Perry's choice for chancellor

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On Monday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Gov. Rick Perry’s choice for UT System chancellor, Kyle Janek, was being considered by the UT System Board of Regents. Janek, who is currently Health and Human Services executive commissioner, would take the place of Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, who announced his resignation in early February. Janek’s current position as executive commissioner entails managing the state’s Medicaid rolls, integrating technology into health care and maintaining the Health and Human Services Commission. It’s not academia, but for the position of chancellor, it just might be the right kind of experience.

As a doctor and expert in the field of health management, Janek, if chosen, could help guide the Dell Medical School through its early years. Though the forthcoming medical school has a more-than-able dean in the recently chosen Dr. Clay Johnston, having a doctor in the System’s leadership could prove to be beneficial to the medical school as it finds its place in the massive System network.

On the other hand, while Janek has the basic qualifications, he’s done nothing remarkable to deserve the position of chancellor. His tenure as a Texas senator was nothing if not mediocre.

Janek’s legislative record seems innocuous enough. He authored bills on things such as asbestos claims and reductions in mandatory appraisal increases for property tax. Janek’s time under the…Continued here: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/opinion/2014/03/05/ut-system-can-do-better-than-governor-perrys-choice-for-chancellor

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