UCSF School of Medicine names new vice dean for administration

By Vanessa deGier

Michael Hindery has been named the new vice dean for administration, finance and clinical programs at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He assumed his new post on February 28, 2008.

As vice dean, Hindery directs the financial and administrative functions of the school, including the business operations, personnel management and strategic planning of the faculty medical group and the School’s 26 departments and 17 organized research units and interdisciplinary programs. His responsibilities include oversight of a yearly operating budget of approximately $1 billion, including more than $400 million in National Institutes of Health funding, making UCSF one of the largest academic medical institutions in the nation. 

“We are very impressed by Michael Hindery’s leadership, experience and skill,” said Samuel Hawgood, MB, BS, chair of the UCSF Department of Pediatrics and interim dean of the UCSF School of Medicine. “He has the business skills necessary to help us continue growing the School of Medicine’s excellent research, clinical and education programs.”

Hindery brings more than 20 years of executive management experience in academic medical centers to the position. He served as the senior associate dean for finance and administration at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was responsible for a consolidated annual budget of more than $1 billion, which included nearly $400 million in sponsored research, and for managing human resources, sponsored research administration, student services, facilities and the capital budget. Prior to Stanford, Hindery served as associate vice president of financial affairs for the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and executive director of administration for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with responsibility for managing budget, finances and sponsored research and for initial planning, design and financing of two research buildings.

“Michael Hindery’s experience working for academic medical centers with similar budgetary, personnel and planning needs as UCSF’s School of Medicine made him a particularly good match for our institution,” said Hawgood. “We know he is well prepared for his new responsibilities.”

Hindery has also worked in planning and management positions for the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost’s Office, Wharton School, and the School of Arts and Sciences, and for the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the cities of Philadelphia and Seattle. Most recently, Hindery conducted senior executive searches for academic and health care institutions as a planning and management consultant at Witt/Kieffer, a retained executive search firm with offices across the country.

After graduating from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science in sociology in 1976, Hindery attended the University of Washington in Seattle, earning a master’s of urban planning. In 1983, Hindery completed a master’s of arts in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hindery has a 30-year record of management and volunteer experience in non-profit service organizations. He served as the national chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Business Affairs from 2002-2003. He has also served on the board of directors of several private companies, including the Stanford Federal Credit Union and the Escondido Parent Teacher’s Association. An avid rower, Hindery is a four-time national champion and earned a bronze medal in rowing at the 1991 Pan American Games as a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team. 

“This is an exciting time at UCSF and a great opportunity for strategic decisions that are necessary to continue the School of Medicine’s growth,” said Hindery. “UCSF is one of the world’s most productive and dynamic academic medical centers, and I am proud to be joining this great institution.”

Hindery replaces Jed Shivers, who served as the vice dean for finance, administration and clinical affairs from 2004 to 2007. UCSF Medical Group finance director David Rein served as interim vice dean since Shivers’ resignation last April. The selection was made after a national search and evaluation of both internal and external candidates by a search committee, an extensive interview process, and review by the University leadership and Board of Regents.

Hindery’s annual compensation includes a base salary of $335,000 and eligibility for an incentive payment of up to 20 percent from the School of Medicine Management Incentive Program. 

Note: Additional information on compensation for Mr. Michael Hindery is available upon request from the UCSF News Office (415-476-2557).