Analysis: Funds, skill could bleed far from med school if Jessup departs UNLV

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contact) Thursday, March 15, 2018|8:45 p.m. Related news Geri Kodey/ UNLV Photo Solutions Barbara Atkinson UNLV’s medical school could suffer major losses in financing and skill

leaves Las Vegas, the dean

of the medical school said. Barbara Atkinson, who took charge of the medical school about 8 months prior to Jessup became president in 2015, said the disruption in management

threatened to stop development in the development of the school, which in turn could trigger administrators to look for opportunities elsewhere. Atkinson would face an unsure future herself. Although she stated she had no plans to abandon the school, she– like Jessup– has faced public criticism from some members of the Nevada Board of Regents.”I hope the school is on track now to be able to get what it needs to have actually done, however there are individuals who ‘d want to have me fired or ousted one method or another, and if that ought to occur possibly a few of individuals I have actually recruited will

wish to leave too,”she said.”Individuals get options, and if they’re excellent individuals they can go anywhere they want to go– simply as Len could go to a school with more eminence than this one if he really wanted to go.”Atkinson said she was stunned when Jessup, in the middle of pressure from a faction of members of the Nevada Board of Regents, announced Wednesday he was looking for opportunities at other universities.”I was actually shocked that the regents would believe that they might discover someone better than him

— someone with a bigger vision and more to offer, “she said. Jessup’s announcement has actually already impacted the medical school. It prompted the Engelstad Foundation to rescind a$ 14 million gift it had offered building of a training building for the school. In turn, a megadonor who supplied a$25 million present that was matched by the state said she was reevaluating that gift and future contributions. Atkinson stated losing the presents could substantially postpone plans to increase the size of the school, which presently is restricted to class sizes of 60 students. The typical class size of a medical school in a university the size of UNLV is about 180, she stated, and classes at the University of Kansas Medical Center

, which she directed prior to coming to UNLV, were at 225 students when she left.”It probably might postpone the procedure a year or two or possibly more if other donors choose to not support the school,”she stated. Atkinson said she believed Jessup, who is in the 3rd year of a five-year contract, wished to stay in Nevada. Ought to he leave, she stated, there would likely be a chilling result among prospective candidates to succeed

him.”You have to state that it’s not going to be simple to attract a top-notch president after the problems with Len, who’s been a

really good president, “she said. “There have actually been multiple excellent presidents who have left– I guess 4 of them simply in the last four or five years. I’ve been here four years and I have actually worked with three presidents from the time I initially talked to for this task. So that’s not going to be simple.” Mikayla Whitmore Students position for a group image after a stethoscope ceremony by UNLV School of Medication for the inaugural class of medical trainees at the Trainee Union in Las Click to enlarge photo

17, 2017. 60 trainees were honored and presented with stethoscopes donated by Constantine George, MD. Jessup has mastered employing deans and other administrators, enhancing the university’s fundraising efforts and forming a strategy to elevate UNLV to a high-level research organization, Atkinson stated.”He simply has a great deal of qualities that make him an actually great president and would make him an excellent prospect anywhere he wanted to go,”she stated.” I simply hope he doesn’t want to go.”But both Jessup and Atkinson have been targeted by critics who feel otherwise. Throughout an interview Thursday, she addressed some of the concerns on which Jessup has been targeted. Amongst them: – Atkinson referred to as “totally unfair”criticism raised in a

recent Board of Regents conference that UNLV had actually been deceptive and misleading about cost price quotes for the medical school structure. The problem: UNLV had actually increased the quote from$100 million to$200 million or more without informing decision-makers. However Atkinson stated that after originally specifying the price quote at $100 million throughout the 2015 session– a figure that she stated was a demand from the university’s CFO at the time– she later informed lawmakers that it would take more than $200 million to develop a facility to house class sizes of 180.( In addition, records from a June 2017 hearing on the medical school before the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, a legislative staff member said NSHE showed that “the total building and construction expenses for the new medical structure would be potentially anywhere from $100 million to $200 million.”)- The $25 million present triggered criticism that the UNLV administration went to Gov. Brian Sandoval with a request for matching funding without informing the regents. Atkinson stated the donor, not Jessup or anyone at UNLV, went to Sandoval with the proposal for matching funds. Atkinson included that throughout the 2015 legislative session, when UNLV looked for $27 million in start-up funding for the school, a group of regents went to Sandoval without notifying UNLV and informed him”we weren’t ready for the cash. “Sandoval requested $8 million, however legislators later authorized the full $27 million after uproar from the medical school’s advocates. Ought to progress at the medical school be delayed, the impacts on Southern Nevada might be substantial. The economic effect of the school has actually been estimated at$3.6 billion by 2030 once it is fully working. Amidst the uncertainty over Jessup, Atkinson said the medical school would continue working on enrolling trainees, developing its faculty and raising funds for its center

. The Engelstad Structure revealed that a$10 million present it provided for scholarships would stand, and the structure just recently contributed additional financing to provide scholarships for the school’s inbound second class.

If funding for the building collapses, Atkinson stated, the school would continue operating in its existing centers while dealing with fundraising. Atkinson, who suffered a significant health issue that sidelined her for numerous months, has gone back to work and said she was “enjoying being back.””Things are going well,”she said.”I have a very good group.” She stated she hoped the existing turmoil would wane and Jessup would stay put.”I would state that a lot of the regents are extremely encouraging and have been all along. I do not wish to have any sort of bad backlash versus the regents who are helpful of what we have actually attempted to do. There are a few who haven’t been encouraging of Len, and there are a few who’ve had specific issues with me. On

the entire, I prefer to pay attention to their issues in

particular, but actually any person’s concerns, and try to overcome them and determine exactly what has to be

done.”So I’m enthusiastic that we can have a great relationship going ahead in the future, but mainly I’m hopeful that Len stays and has the ability to execute his vision.”

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