UNM President Louis Caldera announced today that he has appointed Dr. Paul Roth, dean of the UNM School of Medicine, to serve as the interim executive vice president for Health Sciences, effective immediately. Roth, who has been dean of the medical school since 1994, will serve in this position until the search for a new executive vice president is completed, while continuing to serve as dean. He replaces Dr. Phil Eaton, who retired July 1. Eaton will continue to serve as executive vice president emeritus to bring to completion a number of projects he started during his tenure.

Caldera said Roth's first priority will be New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's call for a statewide summit on UNM Hospital. "It is critical that we focus on the issues we face with the hospital," Caldera said. "Dr. Roth will work closely with the entire HSC leadership team to make sure we are doing everything we can to address those issues," he added.

In accepting the appointment, Dr Roth said "I am honored to be named to this position, while realizing that we have a lot of work to do. I look forward to working even closer with the Regents, the UNM and HSC leadership, and the faculty and staff during this period to support the research, education and patient care mission of the Health Sciences Center."