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Ghosh named CEO of University of Illinois Hospital
Trustees will consider appointment at Thursday meeting in Chicago

July 21, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. — Avijit Ghosh, a top University of Illinois administrator for more than a decade, has been named chief executive officer of the University of Illinois Hospital, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its meeting Thursday in Chicago.

Ghosh, a former dean and vice president who is currently senior advisor to university President Robert Easter, would head the university’s hospital and clinics in Chicago, and also would serve as the university’s associate vice president for hospital operations. He would begin his new duties Aug. 16, replacing Bryan Becker, who has resigned effective Aug. 15 for a new position at the University of Chicago.

Interim Vice President for Health Affairs Jerry Bauman said Ghosh’s background in business and organizational issues are well-suited to lead the hospital and clinics as the new federal Affordable Care Act alters the model for health-care delivery in the U.S.

Ghosh, a professor of business administration, served as dean of the College of Business on the Urbana-Champaign campus from 2001-2008, and as the University’s vice president for technology and economic development from 2008-2011. In his role as senior advisor to Easter, he helped lead a recent review of the University’s health-care enterprise that will align the hospital and clinics with health-related academic units, and developed new growth strategies.

“Dr. Ghosh is extremely well-versed in the complexities of U.S. health care and the challenges facing the university’s health-care enterprise, and has built strong working relationships with faculty and staff,” Bauman said.

Ghosh said the hospital and clinics are critical to both the university’s educational mission and its commitment to serve the people of Illinois.

“For more than a century, the university’s health-care enterprise has provided care to the community with excellence and compassion,” he said. “While shifts in the health-care environment pose many significant challenges for the hospital, I am confident that we will find the strength to continue on this mission with excellence.  I am truly humbled by the opportunity to work with a talented and dedicated group of physicians, nurses and staff.”

Ghosh earned his bachelor’s degree from Calcutta University, a post-graduate diploma in business management from Xavier Institute and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

Before joining the U of I in 2001, he was a faculty member and senior administrator at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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