NEOMED Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

In a report to the Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 1, President John Langell highlighted reasons why NEOMED remains in a strong position.

Dr. Langell noted that in alignment with the other Ohio public universities, NEOMED has implemented a campus vaccination requirement. He also shared that NEOMED’s campus community has already set the benchmark for community safety with a campus vaccination rate of 97%. He added that the University was in a good place with no outbreaks and a small number of mild to moderate cases.

Dr. Langell informed the Board that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process had begun and the NEOMED HLC leadership team, led by Dr. Jeff Wenstrup, reported that NEOMED should be in a good position given its strong programs and processes. He also mentioned that the Board of Trustees-approved certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) program would soon undergo a separate initial accreditation visit of its own in early December. CAAs are high-demand, high-paying positions. With an official start in January 2022, the Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia degree program is one of two new programs in the College of Graduate Studies. The other – the Master of Leadership in Health Systems Science degree, which began in the fall of 2021 – is led by program director Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D., who will welcome its students to campus for in-person instruction in January 2022.

Other highlights:

  • A partnership with Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub and Summa Health will help reimagine the REDIzone program.
  • The University’s strategic plan, with Lacey Madison leading the charge for its six pillars and new initiatives, supported by its $1 million fund.
  • The State of Ohio legislature has awarded NEOMED $1 million in startup funds for a new dental school
  • Steven Schmidt, Ph.D., will retire June 30, 2022. With several new programs ahead, the University will divide the roles Dr. Schmidt currently holds into two positions: Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
  • NEOMED’s campus transformation continues with renovations in the student corridor.

Dr. Langell concluded his remarks by congratulating trustees Darrell McNair, who was recognized as the 2021 Black Professional of the Year, and Bob Klonk, who will receive the Richard Pogue Businessman of the Year in 2022.

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