Chancellor, University of North Texas System
From a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to a University of North Texas System Board of Regents member to most recently serving as President of the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the highly accomplished and respected Dr. Michael R. Williams has long been an important part of the growth and excellence of the UNT System, one he guides into a new era as its fourth Chancellor.
As the system’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Williams oversees all operational aspects of the multi-location system, including general oversight of a $1.3 billion budget, more than 14,000 employees and the UNT System’s member institutions – the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas.
A Fort Worth native, Dr. Williams was the first UNT Health Science Center (HSC) alumnus to serve as the graduate academic medical center’s President. Under his leadership, HSC embraced a values-based, collaborative and innovative team culture. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HSC stepped up for the North Texas region, leading efforts on health literacy, contact tracing, testing and vaccinations.
HSC’s financial position significantly strengthened under Dr. Williams. Reserves were nearly tripled, total assets doubled and the overall net position more than tripled. Beyond his many accomplishments, Dr. Williams’ strong business acumen has encouraged significant growth at HSC, all while never raising tuition during his tenure.
A successful business executive and entrepreneur, Dr. Williams holds an MBA from Duke University and a master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University. Dr. Williams has founded companies in several industries including health care, mortgage and software.
He completed his anesthesiology and critical care training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and the Texas Heart Institute in Houston following achieving two medical degrees. Dr. Williams holds board certifications in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
From 2008 – 2013, Dr. Williams served as Chief Executive Officer of Hill Country Memorial Hospital – during which time the hospital received numerous state and national awards, becoming a Truven Top 100 U.S. hospital in 2012 and 2013. Under his leadership, the hospital was also awarded the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Best Practice for Leadership Award and named a Top 10 finalist for the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Quality Award. Hill Country Memorial Hospital went on to win the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Quality Award.
Dr. Williams and his wife Ann have two daughters and two grandchildren.