The director of the Medical University of South Carolina's Hollings Cancer Center has accepted a new position at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Andrew Kraft, who joined MUSC 10 years ago, was recently named the Sydney E. Salmon endowed chair and director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and associate vice president for oncology programs for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

He is expected to leave his position in Charleston later this summer, Hollings Cancer Center spokeswoman Allison Leggett said.

MUSC will name an interim director before conducting a national search to fill the job permanently, she said.

Under his leadership, Hollings Cancer Center was named a National Cancer Institute site in 2009 - a distinction shared by 67 cancer centers in the country.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Kraft will earn $650,000 a year in his new role. His base salary from the university, without bonuses, is $120,674, according to the S.C. Budget and Control Board. He also receives compensation from the Medical University Hospital.

On Tuesday, Leggett said the hospital would not release hospital compensation without a Freedom of Information Act request.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.