National search to begin for new WVU School of Medicine dean

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine will conduct a national search for its new dean. WVU Chancellor for Health Sciences Christopher Colenda, M.D., made that announcement today at a forum for faculty and staff. 

Dr. Colenda, in his fourth day on the job as chancellor, told a standing room only crowd that the search will begin soon for the next dean to lead the School of Medicine.  The search effort will be chaired by the dean of the School of Pharmacy, Patricia Chase, Ph.D.

Jim Brick, M.D., has been serving as interim dean since the resignation of John Prescott, M.D., in April 2008.  Colenda praised Brick for his service to the school.

Colenda held the forum to begin the dialogue about the academic health sciences center’s  future and announced that a planning process will begin next week.  He said he expects to have a “living document” by June of next year that creates a vision for 2015.  The process will encourage free and expansive thinking and will seek to engage all faculty, staff and students, Colenda said.

Christopher Colenda, M.D.

“We will move forward as a team – a collective body for the citizens, students and patients we serve in this great state of West Virginia,” he said.  “We will drive change, not react to it.”

Colenda also announced plans to create two new advisory committees – one composed of faculty members, the other of students.




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
alj: 11-05-09

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