The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston announced that Dr. Charles Mouton, currently the acting dean of the UTMB School of Medicine, has been appointed executive vice president and provost, and dean of the School of Medicine. He will assume his new responsibilities April 8.
Mouton was selected following a 10-month national search. Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB, said Mouton is an “experienced and collaborative physician, scientist, educator and leader.”
“He has a vision for how UTMB can break new ground in training the next generation of caregivers and scientists to work in interprofessional teams and with emerging technology to meet the evolving needs of patients,” Callender said. “And, in a strong partnership with the UTMB Health System, he will help ensure that our research and clinical priorities are aligned for the good of those we serve. I am confident that, under his skilled leadership, our academic enterprise will continue to progress and flourish.”
The provost is UTMB’s chief academic officer and is responsible for developing and enacting education, research and clinical faculty priorities. The provost oversees UTMB’s four schools – the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Health Professions that collectively have more than 3,000 students. UTMB’s provost also has oversight over UTMB’s faculty and also manages the research enterprise that includes the Galveston National Laboratory.
Prior to joining UTMB in 2017, Mouton held a number of leadership and faculty roles at Nashville’s Meharry Medical College, including senior vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine from 2010 to 2014. He earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
Mouton also previously held various administrative and leadership positions at Howard University College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Mouton has been appointed to numerous national committees throughout his career, including his current service on the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils—a 27-member panel that advises the NIH director.
Callender thanked Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, who had served as UTMB’s interim provost for the past eight months.
Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, UTMB’s former provost, left last year to become president of Oregon Health & Science University.