No. 2 Executive at U. of Miami Medical School Is Stepping Down

The announcement follows a tumultuous year in which the medical school went from a fast-growth strategy to a severe financial crisis. Its leaders laid off more than 900 employees last spring to deal with the crisis, angering faculty members who described the layoffs in a report to the university’s Faculty Senate as “unprofessional,” “graceless,” and “heartless.” Sources told The Miami Herald that 400 to 600 of the school’s 1,200 faculty members had added their names to individual copies of a petition that expresses concern for the school’s future and a lack of confidence in “the failed leadership of Pascal Goldschmidt and Jack Lord.”

Amid roiling faculty anger over drastic budget cuts, the University of Miami announced that the No. 2 executive at the Miller School of Medicine, Jack Lord, is “stepping down.” The change, announced by the school’s dean, Pascal Goldschmidt, comes as a petition circulates among tenured medical school faculty expressing no confidence in both Goldschmidt and Lord.

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