UC Davis biology dean to lead Tennessee medical college

James Hildreth, dean of UC Davis’ College of Biological Sciences, will leave the university in June to become president of Tennessee’s Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Hildreth joined UC Davis in 2011 and quickly made an impact, university officials said. During his tenure, the college created a postdoctoral program for biology students, and Hildreth funded a summer research program to draw underrepresented minority students to the campus. He was also an aggressive fundraiser, doubling the amount of funds raised.

“His vision for ‘new biology’ and his programming for students will remain as his legacy here at UC Davis,” said Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor, in a statement.

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