Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Changing of the Guard at U of M Medical School

fromFrank B. Cerra
reply-to"Frank B. Cerra"
dateWed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:01 PM
subjectPresidential Announcement

TO: Medical School Faculty and Staff

I want to share with all of you the memo below from President Bruininks in which he outlines his decision to combine the position of Senior Vice President for Health Sciences with that of Dean of the Medical School. We are at the very beginning of the transitional work this will require, and I’m certain you have many questions about the impact of this news on you and your department or division.

In short, there is much work to be done before we have answers to many of those questions. However, I can tell you that the University of Minnesota’s Medical School remains one of the most important assets of the University, and the public depends on the work we do to sustain the health of both families and the economy.

We are indebted to Dean Powell for her leadership over the past several years. She and I are working together on transition issues and discussing a future administrative role for her in the area of medical education.

I plan to engage all of you in the work that needs to be done. Please feel free to contact me on my direct e-mail at with any questions or concerns.

Frank B. Cerra, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair

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