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Dr. John "Jack" Stobo Named President Emeritus of UTMB

Dr. John "Jack" Stobo Named President Emeritus of UTMB

AUSTIN – Dr. John "Jack" Stobo, the former president of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), has been named president emeritus of that institution by the UT System Board of Regents.  The honorary appointment was made at a special called meeting of the board on Wednesday (Oct. 8).

Stobo served as president of UTMB from 1997 to 2007. Under his leadership, UTMB accomplished a 10-year rise from 48th to 38th place in National Institutes of Health funding. The institution is now seventh in the country in the number of medical degrees awarded to Hispanics, and it boasts the only full-sized Biosafety Level-4 lab on a university campus university in the nation, anticipated to open next month.

Stobo has nearly four decades of leadership in the clinical and academic health science fields. Prior to joining The University of Texas System, Stobo was with The Johns Hopkins University beginning in 1985 as a professor of medicine and eventually was named director of the department of medicine.  In 1993, he was named vice dean for clinical services and he later became vice president of The Johns Hopkins Health System.

From 1976 to 1985, Stobo served as head of rheumatology and clinical immunology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From 1973 to 1976, Stobo was assistant professor in the department of immunology and a consultant in rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Stobo is currently the senior vice president for health sciences and services at The University of California system.

The UT System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in research funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.