The Baylor College of Medicine said Peter Traber, M.D., will step down as its president and chief executive officer on Dec. 1. William Butler, chancellor emeritus at Baylor, will serve as interim president while the Houston college conducts a national search.
In a written announcement, Baylor said Traber, 53, and the colleges board of trustees jointly agreed to the decision, and that Traber will continue to serve as professor of medicine. Also, in addition to serving as president emeritus and a consultant to the board, Traber will focus on extending his national presence and expertise in personalized genomic medicine on behalf of the college, according to the statement.
Baylor did not give a reason for the management change, and a spokeswoman referred only to the colleges written statement. In it, Baylor listed nine accomplishments during Trabers tenure, including the colleges rise to a top 10 ranking by U.S. News and World Report in 2006 and 2007.
Butler, 76, is an immunologist who joined the Baylor College of Medicine in 1966. In 1979, he was named president and CEO, a position he held for nearly 17 years. He became chancellor in 1996 and chancellor emeritus in 2004.
Last month, Baylor and Rice University said the two institutions are exploring the possibility of a closer affiliation. When asked if Trabers departure was related to that news, a spokeswoman for Baylor said the college is in the same place it was a month ago. -- by Jessica Zigmond