Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. is restructuring the three medical colleges administrations at the university to better align in patient care, education and research, according to a university press release.
The colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine are being restructured based on efforts from last year.
“As I reviewed the administrative structures on campus, right away I saw the incredible opportunity in the alignment of our human health care services – not just in providing patient care, education and research, but also in beginning to rebuild trust in our people and systems,” Stanley said in the press release.
The changes include promoting the current dean of the College of Human Medicine, Norman Beauchamp Jr., to a new position as executive vice president for health services. Beauchamp will oversee the three colleges, as well as clinical practices.
"Health care services are one of the most individualized ways Spartans make an impact in our communities," Stanley said in the release. "Having a coordinated, strategic vision for MSU’s services with an experienced leader in health care can only make us stronger.”
Beauchamp said that he is humbled to accept this role.
“Providing outstanding patient care in our clinics and training the next generation of health care professionals is a great responsibility. We have a dedicated team of leaders, faculty and staff across the colleges, the university and the clinical practice," he said in the release. "I look forward to working with all to further codify our efforts with a direct focus on patient safety, clinical excellence and innovation, building on our statewide partnerships to bring hope and health to our communities.”
Prior to the creation of the new role, all deans reported to the provost. Now, they will report to the executive vice president for health services, who will then report to the president. All three deans will have the same administrative roles they held prior.
The coordination will help provide shared resources and administrative efficiencies. The single position aligning the colleges will also result in a shared culture of accountability, an ability to address situations that lead to patient vulnerability and a way to unite strengths to bring the best opportunities to students, the press release said.
Beauchamp's appointment to this new position is subject to approval at the Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 25.
During the search process, Aron Sousa will serve as interim dean for the College of Human Medicine.
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