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Durenberger Post Confirmed - Sainfort Out, Moscovice In

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[Added later: the Strib has picked up on this. A link and commentary may be found on the Periodic Table.]

A previous post quoted Dave Durenberger's newsletter where he stated that Sainfort had resigned his administrative post. This is confirmed below. A Friday before Labor Day weekend is a wonderful time to make an announcement that should be embarrassing, indeed, to our administration.

Some of Dave's questions still stand:

"And what will it cost us to keep Sainfort-Jacko around the campus doing what?

According to news reports Sainfort was coming with a high potential for garnering research grants, the financial lifeblood of the school. Under the circumstances it's hard to imagine the supposed 12 million dollars of GA Tech grants, much of which was designed for the Children's Hospital capacity building project, flying to UMN with Sainfort. The cloud which did accompany him here is also likely to make it difficult to secure new grants of any size to justify his employment."

On Behalf Of John R. Finnegan, Jr.
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:12 AM
Subject: Ira Moscovice Named Head of the Division of Health Policy and Management

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Ira Moscovice as the new Head of the Division of Health Policy and Management (HPM), effective immediately. I am making this appointment after consulting with HPM faculty following Prof. Sainfort's resignation a few weeks ago. It is also an honor to appoint him as our newest Mayo Professor of Public Health, a mark of his scholarly achievements in his field.

Ira is well qualified and experienced for the challenges of leading the Division. He has served as Interim and Acting Division Head for much of the past three years. He has been a member of the SPH faculty for nearly 30 years, specializing in rural health care and the impact of health policy on disadvantaged populations. He is also Director of the Rural Health Research Center and teaches health policy courses to master's and doctoral students.

I am confident in his commitment to shaping the future of the Division and the School, and I am deeply grateful for his willingness to provide leadership in this new role. He will also serve as a member of the SPH Executive Team composed of division heads, associate and assistant deans.

Please congratulate Ira and extend your support to him in this challenging role.

John R. Finnegan, Jr.
Dean and Professor

In Fall '07, we were informed:

Sainfort Named Head of Health Policy and Management

(Nov. 1, 2007)--Fran├žois Sainfort, Ph.D., has been named head of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH). In recognition of his scholarly achievements, he also has been named a Mayo Professor of Public Health.

"Dr. Sainfort is highly regarded for his leadership skills and commitment to interdisciplinary research," says John Finnegan, Ph.D, dean of the School of Public Health. "His work in medical decision-making will add to the school's scope of expertise. His vision for attracting endowments and large, multi-investigator grants will bolster our reputation and create new opportunities for faculty and students."

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