BUFFALO, N.Y. — He's spent seven years at the helm of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, but President and CEO Dr. Donald Trump has decided now is the right time to end his tenure.
"As he said, I want to go out on a high, and what could be better than our core grant was renewed? The place is healthy, growing, we've a had a strategic plan that he's been leading for years, and we've just been moving right along that," said Michael Joseph, chairman of Roswell Park's board of directors.
Joseph said Trump will retire from his leadership role at the end of this year, but he said fortunately, Trump isn't leaving.
"He's going to stay consulting for a good chunk of next year and then hopefully we'll get him to stick around for longer than that. He'll continue his research and his clinical practice, and stay involved in other things that we're doing inside the organization," said Joseph.
As for Trump's legacy, Joseph believes the public will remember him most for the new Clinical Sciences Center.
"It was conceived, it was designed, and it's being built during his term, and fundraised during his term. But if you look at the totality of his tenure, Roswell's grown dramatically. We're talking, I bet revenues are up well in excess of $100 million during the time he's been there. We've grown by people; more importantly, we've grown by reputation," said Joseph.
Now, the board will begin interviewing national search firms to find Trump's successor.
Joseph said they'd like to have someone in place in less than a year, but it will be a long process.
"It's always possible that person could come out of the organization, you never know, but we're searching the world," said Joseph.