Carrie L. Byington, dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, will leave her post Aug. 31 to serve as the executive vice president of the University of California System, Texas A&M University and System officials announced Thursday afternoon.

Byington has served as the medical school’s dean since January 2017, when she also began her tenure as vice chancellor for health services of the A&M University System and as senior vice president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young announced Thursday that Greg Hartman — currently vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the A&M System and the Health Science Center’s chief strategy center — will become the interim senior VP for the Health Science Center. 

Young also said that he has asked Provost Carol Fierke to reach out to faculty and other stakeholders from the College of Medicine for feedback on filling the interim dean position. 

“I personally wish to thank Dr. Byington for her commitment as dean of the medical school and SVP of the Health Science Center in her focus upon rural healthcare, military families and veteran care, and innovative healthcare delivery including telehealth medicine,” Young said in a letter to A&M stakeholders.

Young also praised Byington, a member of the Texas A&M class of 1985 who is from Bryan, for what he described as her commitment to volunteerism.

A&M System Chancellor John Sharp also applauded Byington on Thursday.

“Our dean has become one of the top health professionals in the nation,” Sharp said in a statement. “It’s an honor that Dr. Byington — a former student — was chosen to lead the largest health sciences education system in the country. While we congratulate her, we will miss her.”

Young said that Hartman is ideal to serve as the Health Science Center’s interim senior VP. 

“Greg is the perfect choice to ensure that education, treatment, research and valued partnerships in healthcare continue full steam ahead,” Young wrote. 

In a phone interview late Thursday, Hartman described being selected as the center’s interim senior vice president as “a huge honor.”

“The A&M Health Science Center has such potential, and it already does a lot of great care around the state,” said Hartman, who grew up in San Antonio. “Health care in America is really trying to become much more efficient and [to] figure out how the different professions can work better together to bring down the cost of care and improve access. The A&M Health Science Center is really well-positioned to be a leader in that work, so that’s a huge honor to be a part of that.”

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