NEOMED appoints Forrest Faison as provost

C. Forrest Faison III, M.D., has joined NEOMED as interim provost, effective April 1, 2023.

Dr. Faison will serve as the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic affairs and managing the financial resources to carry academic priorities forward. Reporting to the University president, Dr. Faison will provide leadership and strategy in collaboration with the University’s four College deans, who will report to him.

Dr. Faison served as the 38th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy until 2019.  As Surgeon General—chief executive officer (CEO) and chief medical officer (CMO) — he was responsible for the entire Navy and Marine Corps global health care system and all medical care to the Navy, Marine Corps and eligible beneficiaries. Dr. Faison led a worldwide team of 67,000 health professionals who cared for 2.6 million patients in 128 medical centers located across the world. He oversaw an annual operating budget of $9.6 billion and a global medical research enterprise with annual research expenditures of $3 billion.

He also led a global medical education enterprise of over 140 graduate education programs, training over 1,000 physicians and over 5,000 nurses, paraprofessionals and medical technicians annually.

“Managing growth, leading interdisciplinary teams and promoting innovative approaches, that’s a single day in the work-life of Dr. Faison,” noted President John Langell. “But it is the congeniality, collaborative style and consideration in his DNA that enable him to accelerate such positive change with everything and everyone.” 

With 14 professional and graduate degree programs, NEOMED has been on a steep growth trajectory over the past few years. Along with plans to open the Bitonte College of Dentistry in the next two years, the University is considering the addition of several more allied health degree programs as well as growing its graduate medical education offerings to enhance clinical learning environments across the NEOMED Network. 

“It's a privilege to be the University's first provost and to work with this incredible team on these and other initiatives,” Dr. Faison said. “As the University grows and continues to lead in providing the best education and preparation possible for the next generation of health care leaders, I look forward to collaborating with all.

“It's also wonderful to be back home in Northeast Ohio.”

Plan to Attend

A welcoming reception will be held for Dr. Faison 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the atrium outside Watanakunakorn Auditorium


Read the press release announcing Dr. Faison’s appointment as provost.

Office of the Provost website

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