Honoring 100 for the 100th: Gerry Clancy

Gerard Clancy serves as the 20th President of The University of Tulsa. Prior to assuming the presidency, Clancy served as Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences and held the Oxley Foundation Chair in Community Medicine, all at the University of Tulsa. He serves on numerous Boards across Oklahoma and is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Area United Way. He continues to work at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and continues to see psychiatric patients. Dr. Clancy’s areas of expertise include health disparities, health care delivery system and health professions education transformation, severe mental illness and creative talent development, retention and recruitment for regional economic development.

At the age of 19, Dr. Clancy began his medical career assisting in the DNA sequencing of the Insulin Receptor gene in a molecular biology laboratory at the University of Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry (1983), an American Heart Association Research Fellowship (1985), and a medical doctor degree with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors (1988). He continued on at the University of Iowa with his Psychiatry Residency and Psychiatry Chief Resident training (1992).

He served active duty in the United States Air Force for 6 years where he was trained as a Flight Surgeon (1993), graduated from United States Air Force Survival School (1993) and completed Hostage Negotiations training. He was able to fly B-1, B-52, KC 135, T-37, T-38 aircraft and H-1 Huey Helicopters. Dr. Clancy was promoted to the rank of Major before he returned to the University of Iowa in 1995.

At the University of Iowa, Dr. Clancy developed several programs for the severely mentally ill including homeless outreach clinics and a mobile team of mental health professionals providing care to those with the most severe forms of mental illness. This program was then replicated across Iowa and later across the US. The success of those programs in improving health and reducing healthcare costs earned Dr. Clancy additional responsibilities including Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Director of University of Iowa Health Care’s Behavioral Health program and Assistant Dean of Students in the Carver College of Medicine. During this period, Dr. Clancy received seven major teaching awards and two awards from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Dr. Clancy joined the University Oklahoma in 2001 where he was appointed as the Dean of the College of Medicine, Tulsa. In 2006 he assumed the additional role as President of the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa. During his 14-year tenure, at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Clancy more than doubled the number of education programs, student enrollment, patient care visits, employees, campus facility square footage and campus annual budget to more than $150,000,000. He was able to fully fund and build seven new education and clinical buildings and build a significant reserve fund for the campus.

Over his tenure as campus President, Dr. Clancy was able to raise more than $362,000,000 including $132,000,000 in endowed faculty chairs, $141,508,000 in fully funded new facilities, $17,500,000 in student scholarships and set a record with $26,602,884 for the Tulsa Area United Way annual campaign.

Dr. Clancy led several multi-year efforts including founding a student-run free evening clinic for the working poor. He was the lead in establishing a 4-year medical student program and physician assistant training program in partnership with the University of Tulsa named the School of Community Medicine. This medical education program is focused on educating a health workforce committed to improving on our nation’s significant health disparities. Between 2009 and 2013, the OU School of Community Medicine led a successful community-wide modernization of the region’s health care delivery system and therefore the platform for training the region’s future health workforce. Aided by several competitive Federal grant awards totaling more than $16,000,000, these new region-wide programs included development of patient centered medical home teams, care coordination services, regional health information exchange and health workforce training expansion initiatives.

In response to a 14-year difference in life expectancy between north and South Tulsa, he raised $20,000,000 in facility funds as well as operational funds to establish a new 50,000 square foot multi-specialty clinic in north Tulsa. In 2015, that 14-year difference in life expectancy has now improved to 11-years. Under Dr. Clancy’s guidance, several new research programs and partnerships were created including the OU Center for Integrative Immunology, the OU Photonics and Quantum Optics Laboratories, the OU Medical Informatics Program, the OU Early Childhood Education Institute and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

Dr. Clancy has worked intently over the past decade to ensure a safe campus for all. This has included the transition from a campus security force to a campus police force, campus wide education efforts regarding Title IX, development of a Title IX reporting system, creation of a campus-wide Behavioral Intervention Team and creation of a campus-wide Threat Assessment Review Committee.

Dr. Clancy has played several civic leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce (2011). He has served as the Chair of a multi-chamber of commerce initiative to recruit, retain and develop young creative talent to enhance regional economic development. In 2014, Dr. Clancy was invited to begin international child maltreatment and health disparities work with the World Health Organization. He has worked most recently in the Middle East.

Dr. Clancy is a graduate of several additional programs including the Harvard University School of Public Health Program in Health Policy and Management (1997), the University of Iowa’s Institutional Leadership Development Program (2000) and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Program in Non-profit Financial and Stewardship (2011).

Dr. Clancy has received several awards for his education, service and civic efforts including the “Service to the Homeless” Award and the “Exemplary Psychiatrist” Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine “Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Achievement” (2005), Tulsa People Magazine’s “Tulsan of the Year” (2009), the University of Iowa “Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement” (2011), the League of Women’s Voters “Pathfinder” Award (2013), the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce “Chairman’s Leadership” Award (2014) and the Tulsa Young Professionals “Boomtown” Award (2014).

Dr. Clancy has been married to his wife Paula for 30 years. They have 3 children including Sam, 24, a 3rd year law student, Mary, 21, a senior speech pathology student and Joseph, 16, a junior in the engineering track at Booker T. Washington High school.

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