Founding dean of WMU medical school set to retire –

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The founding dean of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is set to retire next year.

Dr. Hal B. Jenson announced he will retire in 2021, and a national search for his replacement is underway at the medical school, according to a news release from WMed.

Jenson arrived to the school in 2011 and helped lead the institutions founding in 2012.

Since March 2011, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the founding dean of WMed, Jenson said. We have accomplished significant milestones as a new medical school and focused on operational excellence to become even better. I hope you share the same sense of accomplishment that I have for the medical school that we, together, have created."

Under his leadership, WMed experienced a number of key milestones and accomplishments, including the granting of full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, as well as certification with the U.S. Department of Education. The school has graduated three classes of doctors since its creation, the school said.

The schools Board of Directors selected the search firm AMN Leadership to lead the search process and a 13-member search committee will be led by WMU President Edward Montgomery, who also serves as chair of the Board of Directors.

The search committee includes representatives from the Board of Directors, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare, as well as medical school faculty, leadership, students, residents and staff.

Finding Dr. Jensons successor is a critical task and committee members have committed their time and effort over what will be an 11-month period to assist WMed in this important recruitment process, Montgomery said. I want to thank Dr. Jenson for his steadfast and unwavering leadership of the medical school over the last 10 years and his willingness to assist in what will be an important transition over the next year.

Nominations and resumes will be accepted throughout the summer and candidates will be presented to the search committee in September. Officials expect candidates to be on campus in late fall to participate in interviews and presentations to the community, the school said.

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