January 22, 2014
Our community’s confident, positive, big vision moves significantly closer to reality today.
It is, indeed, a great day to be in Austin, Texas.
Thank you all for being here today and for all you’ve done to help get us here. Dr. Johnston, thank you for being here, and thank you for all you’re about to do for this institution and this community.
This medical school was born out of our community’s hope. We hoped to create a wellspring of doctors to keep our friends, neighbors and neighborhoods healthier. And we hoped for a hothouse of healthcare innovation – one we’ll build from the ground up, amid this university’s existing strengths and resources, to transform our economy even as it’s transformative to our health.
Dr. Johnston understands our hope. He shares it. If you talk with him for five minutes, you can hear his excitement. He envisions a top-flight medical school, built in partnership with its community around the demands of 21st Century healthcare – a new institution free of the biases and baggage that’s made it so hard for so many to adapt to this landscape.
He also understands why we have this opportunity. He appreciates, deeply, the community’s optimism about the future, its commitment to this medical school, and the people’s faith in us, as demonstrated by their specific investment that make this all possible. He knows how to partner with entities like Central Health and providers like Seton, and how to help fulfill the 10 Goals in 10 Years that I set out in 2011 and that Travis County embraced in 2012 by passing Proposition 1.
So he knows what we hope to achieve. He’s creating a plan for achieving it. And he has the commitment, drive and intelligence to follow through.
He will succeed. And his success will be all of ours.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my great honor and pleasure to introduce the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Clay Johnston.