Ex-UM health CEO is 2nd finalist to lead Oakland U.

The Detroit News

A former CEO of the University of Michigan Health System is a finalist for the president’s post at Oakland University.

Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, a pediatric endocrinologist and researcher, will be interviewed Thursday.

She is Eli Lilly and Company’s senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Bio-Medicines. She also is an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and has published more than 190 papers and books.

Pescovitz is OU’s second finalist for president. On Monday, university officials interviewed Carl T. Camden, who has been president and CEO of Kelly Services for 22 years, officials said. Camden also has been a marketing executive for a bank holding company, co-president of an advertising agency, co-founder of a behavioral research group and a tenured university professor.

Pescovitz earned a medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her work has focused primarily on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty and therapy development.

She served UM from 2009-14 as the university’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. She oversaw $3.3 billion in revenue and $490 million in research funding.

Her 21-year career at Indiana University’s health system has included posts such as the executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children and interim vice president for IU’s research administration.

Pescovitz serves on the University of Florida Health System Strategic Cabinet, the Anthem-Lilly Joint Research Governance Council and the Advancement Council of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health.

She also has been president of the Society for Pediatric Research, chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee and chair of the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Washtenaw County.

Pescovitz or Camden will replace OU President George Hynd, who will be in office until Aug 14. OU officials launched a national search for president after the trustees decided in September not to renew the contract of Hynd, who has been president since August 2015.