2012 is a year of transitions for the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. I will be stepping down as dean on October 1 when Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., professor and founding chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, will become the sixth dean of the medical school. This year, we also said farewell to the medical school’s second dean, William D. Sawyer, M.D., who passed away in March at the age of 82.
It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine for the past 14 years. The successes and accomplishments of the medical school during my tenure are the direct result of the outstanding leaders, faculty, staff, and students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State University. The opportunity to work with these exceptional individuals and observe the growth of the medical school has been the highlight of my career. I thank you all for your dedication, compassion, scholarship, and service to our mission—the education of the next generation of physicians, research to find the treatments and cures of tomorrow, and service to improve health care in our community.
I would like to welcome Dr. Bowman to the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Bowman comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania where she serves as professor and founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and director of the university’s Center of Public Health Initiatives. As a family medicine physician and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Public Health Initiatives, she brings with her a wealth of experience and commitment to community partnerships that will serve the medical school’s mission well.
Thank you all for your generous support through the years. Without the tireless work of the Wright State family and our alumni and friends, none of this would be possible. I look forward to reading about the future successes of the Boonshoft School of Medicine in these pages for many years to come.
Howard M. Part, M.D.