JACKSON — The new leader of the University of Mississippi Medical Center will come from within.
The College Board Wednesday in closed session named Dr. LouAnn Woodward, currently the second in command at the sprawling health care and educational complex, to become the vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Woodward will replace Dr. James Keeton, who is retiring at the end of June after leading the medical center since July 2009. Woodward was educated as an emergency room physician at UMMC and joined the faculty. As vice dean, she has overseen the medical school.
The medical center, including hospitals in Jackson, Lexington and Grenada, has more than 9,800 employees and a $1.6 billion annual budget. It has more than 2,900 students.
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