Pescovitz Named Finalist for Oakland President

Dr. Ora Pescovitz Named Finalist for OU President

Oakland University announced the second finalist from its presidential search process: Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., currently Eli Lilly and Company’s senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Bio-Medicines. 

“Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz’s broad experience in academia and healthcare, coupled with her extensive leadership on children’s health, diversity and women’s issues, makes her an enticing finalist for the president’s position,” said Ric DeVore, chairman of the university’s board. “In this pivotal time for Oakland University, it’s critical this search process produces a leader who will continue to foster growth and academic excellence.”

Dr Ora Pescovitz Named Finalist for OU President

Dr Ora Pescovitz Named Finalist for OU President

Pescovitz is a renowned pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published more than 190 papers and books. She also serves as an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Among her many awards and honors, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. 

A national search firm and a presidential search committee facilitated the selection process. The Oakland University board then selected two finalists from the pool of potential candidates. Kelly Services President and Chief Executive Officer Carl T. Camden was the first finalist named. Pescovitz was on campus on April 20 for an open forum and group interviews. 

As the University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for medical affairs and Health System CEO, Pescovitz led a system that included three hospitals, more than 120 health centers and clinics, and the University of Michigan Medical School. Her more than 30 years of medical and business expertise make her a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics, including healthcare, leadership, diversity and women’s issues. 

In addition to her wealth of professional experience, Pescovitz has served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the nation’s largest pediatric research organization; president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society; and chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee. She also previously served on the boards of the Hormone Foundation, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Board for Clinical Research and Life Technology, among others. She also chaired the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Washtenaw County.

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