COLUMBIA — MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced this week that Harold "Hal" Williamson Jr. has been named the permanent vice chancellor for MU Health Care. Williamson has served as interim vice chancellor since September 2008.
Administrators and professors alike, such as Judith Fitzgerald Miller, say they are pleased with the news.
“He is without a doubt the best choice for this position,” said Miller, dean and professor of the Sinclair School of Nursing. "He has respect for the disciplines that report to him, as well as historical wisdom about the MU Health Care system and the University Physicians practice group.”
“In addition, he has compassion for patient care,” Miller added. “He sets high standards of excellence for all that we are about. I am very excited about him being named in the permanent position. We need a sense of stability at this time.”
MU Health Care includes the School of Medicine and University Physicians, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.
“All of the components report to Dr. Williamson,” said Jo Ann Wait, director of public relations and marketing for MU Health Care. “He is responsible for advancing the mission of all the units of the health system.”
Williamson has served on MU’s family medicine faculty since he was a member of the first class of the Robert Wood Johnson Academic Family Practice Fellowship Program in 1982.
Before accepting the position, Williamson served as a chair of MU’s Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family and Community Medicine for 10 years.
He has also previously directed MU’s family practice residency program, served as director of the MU Area Health Education Center for 11 years and was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington, where he helped rural communities develop health-care services.
“His devotion to the success of the health sciences component (at MU) is evident,” Miller said.
Williamson received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland and completed residency training at the University of Minnesota.