New York City – The State
University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. John F. Williams
president of Downstate Medical Center for a term that begins on or about August
20, 2012, and ends August 20, 2014. Dr. Williams is currently Senior Vice
President of Verras Health Care International.
Dr. Williams will succeed Dr.
Ian Taylor, who has assumed the role of Officer-in-Charge since the resignation
of Dr. John LaRosa in June 2012. Dr. Taylor will resume his post as Downstate's
Senior Vice President for Biomedical Education and Research and Dean of the
College of Medicine.
SUNY Board of Trustees
Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher thanked Dr. Taylor for
his service and commended Dr. LaRosa on an esteemed 13-year tenure at
“On behalf of the Board, it
is my great honor to welcome Dr. Williams to the SUNY family,” said Chairman
McCall. “With his extensive experience at The George Washington University and
its own medical center, Dr. Williams is precisely the person we have been
looking for to lead Downstate through its financial restructuring while
maintaining its impeccable service to the Brooklyn community and all of New
“Dr. Williams brings vast
experience, intricate knowledge, and proven leadership to SUNY and to Downstate
Medical Center,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As a major supplier of the state’s
health care professionals, Downstate fulfills critical academic and health care
needs in New York, and Dr. Williams’ appointment as president will go a long
way toward ensuring that those needs continue to be met.”
“I look forward to joining
the Downstate team and I am grateful to Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Board
for their confidence in my ability to lead such an acclaimed and important
healthcare institution,” said Dr. Williams.
About Dr. John F. Williams
Dr. Williams presently serves
as Senior Vice President of Verras Health Care International. Dr. William’s has
served in various capacities at George Washington University and its medical
center since 1997.
He was senior vice provost
and vice president for Health Affairs at the medical center from June 2010 to
January 2011; and vice president for Health Affairs and Bloedorn professor of
Administrative Medicine from November 1997 to December 2011.
At The George Washington
University, he served as university provost and vice president for Health
Affairs, from January 2003 to July 2010; and dean of the School of Medicine and
Health Sciences from August 1999 to June 2003.
Dr. Williams earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Boston University in 1970, a Master of
Science at The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1973, a
Master of Public Health from Yale University in 1975, and Doctorates of
Medicine (1979) and Education (1996) from The George Washington University.
As president of Downstate
Medical Center, Dr. Williams will receive an annual state salary of $350,000,
and annual compensation from other Downstate affiliated organizations in the
amount of $300,000. Downstate Medical Center will also either provide Dr.
Williams with temporary housing or cover his actual and reasonable housing
costs, not to exceed $80,000 annually, and provide him with use of a campus
vehicle as needed.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.