Dontes new EVP for business affairs

Arnim E. Dontes, former Vice Dean for Administration at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, has been named Executive Vice President for Business Affairs at UT Southwestern following a national search. He began his new duties Jan. 1.

Arnim E. Dontes
Arnim E. Dontes

“Arnim is highly respected and trusted, locally and nationally, for his expertise, his capacity to deal with multiple constituencies in timely and responsive ways, his alignment of activities with a strategic vision, and for his approach to the business affairs area within an academic institution,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.

Mr. Dontes, who brings a deep knowledge of academic medical centers and public institutions, succeeds John Roan. Until his official retirement at the end of March, Mr. Roan is serving UT Southwestern as a consultant to Dr. Podolsky.

At the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Mr. Dontes served as the chief business officer for that state’s flagship medical school, which includes four statewide regional campuses and has more than 1,300 students. As Vice Dean for Administration, he had direct fiscal responsibility for 30 basic science and clinical departments and programs, with more than $500 million in annual budgets. This included the faculty practice plan as part of the University of Illinois’ $1.4 billion health system and health sciences center.

Mr. Dontes said, “I am delighted to be joining UT Southwestern at such an exciting time. There are challenges, but there are many more opportunities and the potential is unlimited. I look forward to helping move an already world-class institution to even greater heights.”

His experience also includes service as the Associate Dean for Fiscal Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, as the Assistant Dean for Systems Integration, and as the Administrative Director and Assistant Head of the Department of Psychiatry. In these roles, he focused on leveraging information technology and management information systems to support the system’s regular faculty of more than 1,100 members, its large medical education and residency education programs, and its significant research portfolio that includes a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) and Cancer Center.

A University of Illinois graduate, Mr. Dontes has an MBA degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been actively involved with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is the National Chair-Elect of the AAMC Group on Business Affairs.

Also within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, Mike Serber has been named Vice President for Financial Affairs. Mr. Serber will retain responsibility for his current portfolio and will take on oversight of Real Estate Services, the Budget Office, Accounting, and Materials Management. 

Dr. Podolsky holds the Philip O'Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.