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Klasko withdraws from UNMC chancellor search

USF Health CEO and Morsani College of Medicine Dean Stephen Klasko withdrew his name Tuesday evening from the search for the chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Klasko, who has been with USF for nine years and signed a new five-year contract in 2011, was named as one of four finalists in the search.

“With mixed emotions and sincere appreciation for the honor of being considered for one of academic medicine’s premier opportunities, I am regretfully withdrawing from the UNMC chancellor search,” Klasko said in a press release from the University of Nebraska.

The USF Health Communications interim director could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

While two of the finalists had visited Nebraska, a visit to UNMC hadn’t been scheduled for Klasko as of Tuesday afternoon, according to University of Nebraska Communications Manager Melissa Lee.

According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Klasko withdrew his application the same day he was questioned about dates of running marathons that he listed on his curriculum vitae . The Times article stated in Klasko’s application to Nebraska, his CV included that he completed the Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon in 2000, 2003 and 2005 respectively, while his CV listed on USF’s website stated he completed those marathons in 1997, 2000 and 2003 and a different version of his CV, prior to his time at USF, stated he completed those marathons in 1990, 1992 and 1993.

The Times article stated the Times verified Klasko’s participation in the Chicago Marathon in 1990 and the NYC Marathon in 1992 with the organizers, and received a photograph of Klasko’s 1993 Marine Corps Marathon shirt.

The press release from the University of Nebraska stated the search would continue among the other candidates.

“While I am disappointed that Dr. Klasko has withdrawn from the search, I understand his decision and continue to believe we have an excellent pool of finalists for this important leadership position at the University of Nebraska,” the University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken said in the press release. “I wish Dr. Klasko well and I look forward to continuing to get to know our other accomplished finalists.”

According to State University System data updated in March 2013, Klasko earned a salary of $381,285 at USF via Education and General Revenue and Contract and Grant sources, but according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, he earned $941,548 in total compensation in 2011. The former UNMC chancellor earned $443,367 in base salary.


— Staff report