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Long-Time Vice President Retires from ATSU

Ron Gaber, EdS, has retired from his position as Vice President for Student Affairs at A.T. Still University (ATSU), effective March 2, 2012. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Gaber was an ATSU faculty member for 24 years. His former positions at the school included Associate Professor, Vice President and Dean of Students, and Associate Dean of Student Affairs. During his career, Mr. Gaber also served three years as Chair of the AACOM Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO).

Dr. Christopher G. Halliday, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, Named Inaugural Dean of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Christopher G. Halliday, DDS, MPH, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, has been named inaugural Dean of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences’ Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, effective June 1, 2012. The new dental school will be located on the university’s Kirksville, Missouri campus, with construction scheduled to begin March 15, 2012.

Proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine Names Founding Dean

Ronnie Martin DO, has been named Founding Dean of the proposed Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, VA. The school is still in the preliminary planning phase. Dr. Martin currently serves as Vice Dean for Post-Graduate Affairs at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Prior to joining VCOM, Dr. Martin was founding Dean at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Names New President

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) has announced the appointment of Dr. Keith Watson as President, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Watson, currently Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the AACOM Board of Deans, has worked with PNWU since 2009, serving as a development and curriculum consultant for the university, and as a member of PNWU’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Watson will succeed current PNWU interim President Lloyd Butler, DO.

Western U Names New Provost and COO

Western University of Health Sciences (Western U) recently announced the appointment of Executive Vice Provost Gary Gugelchuk, PhD, to Provost and Chief Operating Officer, effective February 6, 2012. Dr. Gugelchuk has held several other positions at Western University, including health professions faculty member, Dean of the College of Allied Health Professions, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Senior Vice President for Executive Affairs. He succeeds Dr. Ben Cohen, DO, who stepped down from the position and now serves as Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning.

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March 2012
Vol. 6, No. 3