Inauguration Day is Near

Re-envisioning education, research and service for today’s community is the theme as NEOMED prepares for the inauguration of the University’s seventh president, John T. Langell, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

The ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 17, is an opportunity for NEOMED to reframe the business model created 50 years ago to meet the needs of today’s diverse populations in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Students, staff and faculty; clinical educational and research partners; civic and public partners; alumni; board and foundation members and community members alike will be on hand to mark the historic occasion. With all of these constituents together, the University will celebrate not only its new president but also its focus on an exceptional student experience in education, wellness and campus life.


The inauguration ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Speakers will include Randy Gardner, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education; Amy Lee, M.D. (’88), M.P.H., M.B.A., chair of the faculty council; Paul Bishop, chair of the NEOMED Board of Trustees; and Dr. Langell.

Also speaking will be Gary Crocker, whom the Deseret (Utah) News has called “a titan of Utah biotech.” Crocker and Dr. Langell’s mutual involvement in bio-innovation intersected at the University of Utah, where the Gary L. Crocker Innovation & Design Lab, a prototyping laboratory, was co-created by the Center for Medical Innovation – of which Dr. Langell was the founder and executive director. Dr. Langell also served as vice dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah as well as chief of general surgery at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center prior to his arrival at NEOMED on Oct. 1, 2019.

Alejandro Adorno, Pharm. D. (’11) will serve as masters of ceremonies. Faculty will be robed in University regalia for the event, and student performers will add to the festivities.

A University-wide reception will immediately follow the ceremony. There is no cost, but registration is requested.

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