President John Langell shared updates from across the University during a Campus Update on Monday, Feb. 27. Some highlights:

  • An announcement is expected soon in the search for a new dean for the College of Medicine.
  • Julie Altman, Ph.D., has been appointed as the permanent dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Aultman has served as interim dean since August 2022.
  • Forrest Faison III, M.D., retired vice admiral and 38th surgeon general of the U.S. Navy, will join the University April 1 as interim provost. [Public announcements regarding both appointments are forthcoming.]
  • The application has been submitted to the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the new College of Dentistry. Dr. Langell thanked the team led by inaugural dean Frank Beck, D.D.S., FAAHD, and Kristin Z. Victoroff, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate dean for dental education and academic affairs, for what he called the “amazing progress” they have made in launching the new college
  • The health and wellness fair hosted by Human Resources was a success with 176 faculty and staff in attendance and 28 vendors.
  • About 465 responses have been received on the campus-wide survey about the University name and branding. Another survey will be distributed soon about campus resources.

Following Dr. Langell’s remarks, members of the campus community shared success stories related to the University’s Strategic Plan.

  • Sandra MacPherson, Ed.D., senior executive director for academic affairs and student services, shared the success of the on-campus pop-up pantries held the fourth Monday of each month. The food distribution site for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has assisted 335 unique families, mainly from Ravenna, Rootstown, Kent and Atwater, since March 2022 thanks to student volunteers. First-year pharmacy student Joselyn Crihfield shared her experience volunteering with the pop-up pantry.
  • Dr. McPherson also noted the success of the annual Charity Ball, which raising $10,800 for student scholarships.
  • Jaclyn Boyle, Pharm.D., assistant dean of student success in the College of Pharmacy, shared updates from the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Second-year pharmacy student Edward Oti shared his experience as a student representative on the committee.
  • Ruth Simera, M.Ed., LSW, executive director of the Coordinating Centers of Excellence, provided an overview of the centers and highlighted a few of their initiatives. The Centers provide training, consultation and technical assistance to improve systems of care and enhance services, specifically for people with serious mental illness and coexisting disorders in the community.
  • Michele McCarroll, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Master of Leadership in Health Systems Science program, shared the value to students – and herself – of participating in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training.

Watch the February 27 campus update

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