Austin, Liang to lead health center on interim basis

Former UConn President Philip E. Austin, who just finished serving as interim university president, will become the university’s interim vice president for health affairs until a permanent replacement is found for Dr. Cato Laurencin, the medical school dean and vice president for health affairs.

Dr. Bruce Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, will serve as interim dean of the UConn School of Medicine.

Laurencin is stepping down from both posts at the end of the month and will become CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering.

The search for a permanent replacement is expected to take six months, according to the university. President Susan Herbst wrote in a message to the UConn Health Center community that the position will remain as it is now structured, as both a medical school dean and university vice president.