UNT Health Science Center's President Fired 12/22/12
December 22, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The University of North Texas Health Science Center's president has been fired after regents say he opposed a possible merger of the Fort Worth center and the main university campus in Denton.
Doctor Scott Ransom was fired Friday. Regents say his actions created "internal discord."
The Health Science Center's main campus is in Fort Worth, where it would have stayed if a merger had happened. It's affiliated with UNT but operates as an independent campus.
In August, UNT's chancellor announced that a 90-day study would evaluate a merger's pros and cons. He said it would benefit research.
But Fort Worth leaders worried that officials in Denton would have too much control and autonomy.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that merger discussions were put on hold last month.