TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER PRESIDENT NAMES INTERIM SCHOOL OF MEDICINE DEAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 28, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., has named Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., professor in the Department of Surgery, as interim dean designate for the School of Medicine.

Mittemeyer will begin his duties as the interim dean designate on July 18. Effective with his appointment, he will work closely with outgoing Dean Richard V. Homan, M.D., to ensure a smooth transition for the School of Medicine. Homan will leave the Health Sciences Center in August to serve as vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn. At that time, Mittemeyer will serve as interim dean until the search for a new dean is successfully completed.

“Dr. Mittemeyer has strong leadership capabilities, is a dedicated physician and outstanding academician,” Wilson said. “His vast administrative experience makes him a natural choice to serve as interim dean.”

Mittemeyer served as executive vice president and provost of the Health Sciences Center from 1986 to 1996. In 1996, the Health Sciences Center established the $1 million Bernhard T. Mittemeyer Endowed Chair in Community Medicine in his honor.

Prior to coming to the Health Sciences Center, Mittemeyer served 28 years in the U.S. Army earning numerous awards and distinctions. He served as surgeon general of the Army from 1981 until his retirement in 1985, and also served as commanding general of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

A search committee, chaired by Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, has been established to help identify a new dean for the School of Medicine. The committee anticipates the search will take about 10 to 12 months.

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