Susan Edwards named provost of Wright State University
Susan Edwards, Ph.D., previously vice provost for faculty affairs at Appalachian State University, has been named the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Wright State University, effective May 10, 2018.
Edwards succeeded Thomas Sudkamp, Ph.D., professor of computer science, who served as provost since 2015. She was selected as provost after a four-month national search that included a diverse pool of approximately 50 candidates. Wright State’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Search Committee helped lead the search.
Boonshoft School of Medicine names Kimberly Paul chief administrative officer
Kimberly Paul, M.H.A., has been named chief administrative officer (CAO) at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2018. Paul has served as chief executive officer of Wright State Physicians (WSP) since April 1, 2017.
As CAO, Paul will be responsible for the business and financial operations of the Boonshoft School of Medicine, in addition to continuing her duties as the chief executive officer of WSP, the school’s clinical practice. The creation of the chief administrative officer position will more effectively integrate the business structures of the two organizations in a holistic way.
Tonya Mathis named Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager
Tonya Mathis, M.Ed., has returned to Wright State University to become the Diversity and Inclusion program manager for the Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is also the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Regional Director for Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Mathis left Wright State in November 2012 after 18 years of service to become the assistant dean of instruction for Vincennes University’s early college program at Lawrenceburg High School. She had oversight of the early college programs in Southeast Indiana, specifically at Lawrenceburg High School and Southeastern Career Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation services in 1998 and her Master of Education degree in 2002, from Wright State University.
Gary LeRoy named president-elect of American Academy of Family Physicians
Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He will serve a one-year term as president-elect before beginning a one-year term as president of the AAFP in 2019, followed by a one-year term as chair of the AAFP Board of Directors.
The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. The organization is devoted to primary care and advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients across the country.
Lakia Young named director of admissions
Lakia Young, M.P.A., ’12, has accepted the position of director of admissions for the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has served as director of recruitment and student development since June 2013.
In her previous role, Young directed the medical school’s prematriculation program. The four-week summer program for incoming medical students offers new students exposure to material seen early in the first year, including courses in human anatomy, critical thinking, and testing strategies. She also was responsible for recruiting students for the medical school and directed the Horizons in Medicine program.
Madhavi Kadakia named associate dean for research affairs
Madhavi Kadakia, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been named associate dean for research affairs at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. She joined Wright State University in 1999 and has served as department chair since Jan. 1, 2015. She continues to serve in the role.
Kadakia attained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in microbiology from the University of Mumbai. After receiving her Ph.D. in infectious diseases and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and later conducted research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Marietta Orlowski named interim chair of Department of Population and Public Health Sciences
Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., has been named interim chair of the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She fills the role following James Ebert, M.D., who is retiring.
Orlowski’s research involves health behavior measurement and risk reduction in children and adolescents. She has collaborated with local school districts on federally funded projects to improve school-based nutrition, and has presented research on tobacco prevention to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also has been recognized for distinguished service in health education by the Ohio Public Health Association.