“We wanted to assist the UF College of Medicine in moving the School of Physician Assistant Studies from the top 50 to the top 10 in the nation,” he said. “By endowing this position, it would potentially help recruit the best candidate because it is the only endowed directorship of its kind in the country.”
Mahoney, who serves as an emeritus assistant professor at the UF PA school and received his master’s degree from the school in 2001, has a clear vision of the qualities Rice’s successor should possess. He said he has complete faith in the search committee, led by Joseph C. Fantone, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs for the UF College of Medicine.
“This position needs someone who has the capability, the leadership and a vision for moving the school from great to preeminent,” he said.
This is the third of three major gifts Mahoney has made through the Hall-Halliburton Foundation Inc. In 2012, he established the William M. Hall professorship in PA studies, the first of its kind for a physician assistant school in the nation. The second gift came in 2014 when Mahoney gave $500,000 to help fund the administrative suite of the PA school in the George T. Harrell, MD, Medical Education Building, named the Randolph Mahoney Physician Assistant Studies Suite.
Mahoney said he is motivated to give by the exemplary leadership shown by Michael L. Good, MD, dean of the UF College of Medicine, and his staff.
“Dean Good and his team have really moved the UF College of Medicine forward and will move it toward absolute preeminence,” he said. “We’re very appreciative of their leadership.”
The Hall-Halliburton Foundation is a private foundation that was started in 1977 with legacy endowments from Mahoney’s relatives. It provides grants to charitable organizations and institutions, including arts programs in Jacksonville, a Labrador retriever rescue organization and a farm for retired horses.