The leaders of the two entities that make up Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., have announced their retirements, both effective June 30. Len Preslar Jr. is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of North Carolina Baptist Hospital after 19 years on the job. Richard Dean is resigning after six years as president and CEO of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which encompasses the School of Medicine and the Wake Forest University Physicians group practice.
Preslar, who will turn 60 in August, has worked at the hospital for a total of 38 years. Preslar was chief financial officer of the hospital for 13 years before ascending to the top job in 1988. Donny Lambeth, chief operating officer of the hospital, was named interim president. Lambeth joined the hospital in 1972 as Preslars first recruit to the organization.
Dean, who will be 65 next month, is a vascular surgeon who joined the School of Medicine as chairman of the surgery department in 1987. At the same time, he became chief of surgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He became president and CEO of Health Sciences in 2001. William Applegate, dean of the School of Medicine, was named interim president of Health Sciences and Douglas Edgeton was promoted to executive vice president and COO from senior vice president of finance and administration. -- by Vince Galloro