Dr. Barbara Atkinson announced that she will leave her dual posts as executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Kansas medical school dean to step down
She said a search for a new dean will begin immediately but that she will stay on as executive vice chancellor until December 2013 to ensure a smooth transition and to finish work on initiatives such as obtaining National Cancer Institute designation, opening a school of public health and expanding the medical school.
Atkinson, 69, became executive dean Aug. 1, 2002, and took the executive vice chancellor post Jan. 1, 2005. Just a week ago, she released a comprehensive "report to the KUMC Community" detailing some of the school's accomplishments in the past 10 years—including an affiliation agreement with 574-bed University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.
"Some may be curious about the inspiration and timing of such a detailed report, which concluded with my profound gratitude to everyone who has helped transform our medical center over the last 10 years," Atkinson wrote in her announcement. "Perhaps it will not come as a surprise when I tell you that I am beginning to map out the final stage of an enormously rewarding career. As we complete the finishing touches to our year-long strategic planning process, the Chancellor and I have agreed that I will step down as dean of the School of Medicine."
Prior to being executive dean, Atkinson was professor and chairwoman of the pathology and laboratory medicine department at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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