University President Robert Bruininks, Ph.D., has announced a plan to combine the positions of senior vice president for health sciences with that of dean of the Medical School—a proposal that will be reviewed by the Board of Regents at its June meeting.
The board will consider the plan to appoint Frank Cerra, M.D., the current senior vice president for health sciences, to the new position beginning July 1. Medical School Dean Deborah Powell, M.D., and Cerra are discussing a new role for Powell with the institution.
“Our 154-year-old Medical School plays a foundational role in serving the needs of Minnesota,” Bruininks says. “This combined role will result in a number of key benefits, including strong, focused leadership for the health sciences.” The new structure, he says, will be more efficient and will allow the University to maximize strengths in all of its health sciences schools.