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Update: ETSU field for new medical school dean down to 3

October 14th, 2013 11:34 am by Nathan Baker

Update: ETSU field for new medical school dean down to 3


One of three candidates named Monday will likely be the next dean of medicine for East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

The formal search committee, led by College of Public Health Dean Randy Wykoff, announced the names of three doctors who meet the qualifications for the critical position.

Margaret Dunn, professor of surgery and former executive dean with Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine; Robert Means, executive dean for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine; and Charles Mouton, dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College, will next be interviewed by ETSU College of Medicine leaders, faculty, staff and students as part of the hiring process.

“It’s been a very good process,” Wycoff said Monday. “We have a good search committee of folks inside and outside ETSU and our regional partners.”

Out of approximately 17 applicants to replace former Dean Philip Bagnell, who announced his retirement in January, Wycoff said the search committee painstakingly narrowed the field to these three.

“We tried to ask ourselves which candidates would bring the most to the university and help the college move forward into the future,” he said. “ETSU has a remarkable reputation with the medical school, and we’re looking for the candidates who can help to keep that enviable reputation and make it even better.”

The three finalists will be interviewed over the next six weeks, starting with Mouton on Oct. 23, then Mean on Nov. 12 and Dunn on Nov. 19.

Wykoff said the college is currently in the capable hands of interim dean and Quillen’s executive associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Kenneth Olive, so the committee can afford to take its time to find the proper person for the job.

“If anything, there’s been an abundance of really good candidates, so it’s going to be difficult for us to narrow it down farther,” he said. “Of course, we’d like to get the new dean on board as early as possible, but we also need to be thoughtful and deliberate to make sure we find the right person.”

An earlier version of this story:

East Tennessee State University has narrowed its field of choices for a new medical dean down to three finalists, including the dean of another medical college in Tennessee.


ETSU announced this morning that three finalists would be interviewed over the next six weeks for the post vacated earlier this year by Dr. Philip Bagnell.


The candidates to lead the James H. Quillen College of Medicine are:


• Dr. Margaret Dunn, professor of surgery with Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and formerly executive associate dean and president and CEO of Wright State Physicians;


• Dr. Robert Means, executive dean for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and professor of internal medicine; and


• Dr. Charles Mouton, dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, and senior vice president for Health Affairs and professor of family and community medicine.


According to an ETSU news release, the candidates will participate in 2 /12 days of interviews to include meetings with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and medical residents from the university and the medical school.


Interviews for Mouton will begin Oct. 23, followed by Means on Nov. 12, and Dunn on Nov. 19.


ETSU began the national search for Quillen's next dean when Dr. Philip Bagnell announced his retirement in January. Dr. Kenneth Olive, the college's executive associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, is serving as interim dean.


Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU’s vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer, formed the search committee that is led by Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the ETSU College of Public Health. The committee includes university and College of Medicine faculty, students, staff, alumni, leadership from ETSU’s clinical affiliates and other community leaders.


“I commend the search committee for producing a truly exceptional panel of finalists, drawn from an unusually strong applicant pool,” Bishop said. “The three candidates who will interview were chosen from an outstanding pool of health care leaders from around the country, which I think speaks volumes about the reputation of the Quillen College of Medicine and East Tennessee State University.”


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