Meharry announces presidential search

Next leader will be college's 12th, replace Epps

Meharry Medical College announced today it has launched a national search for a new president to succeed Dr. Cherrie Epps, who has served since last summer.

"Meharry is a proud institution with a rich history of caring for those who are often forgotten in our society. Our new president will have the important task of carrying on and continuing to grow that legacy," Dr. Frank S. Royal, chairman of Meharry's board of trustees, said in a release.

The institution's board has appointed an 11-member search committee to find a leader who can "position the historic college as a leader amidst changes in the U.S. health care environment."

Epps was named president and CEO in 2013 after her predecessor, Dr. Wayne Riley, took a sabbatical in May and opted in August not to return. Royal praised her "selfless devotion" to Meharry and called her a role model for female leaders around the world.

The search committee includes members of the board of trustees as well as faculty, community and student representatives.

"We are anxious to further Meharry's legacy and find a strong leader to guide the college's future," Royal said. "In addition to ample leadership experience, we are seeking a president who will build on the strengths of the organization honoring its tradition and history while recognizing its significant impact on health care and who has the vision to help Meharry achieve even greater feats."