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May 15, 2013

Stephen Dewhurst appointed to new leadership roles

Stephen Dewhurst
Stephen Dewhurst

Stephen Dewhurst, Dean’s Professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been named vice dean for research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

A faculty member since 1990 and past senior associate dean for basic research, Dewhurst will lead the school’s research strategic planning process and help advance its research priorities by identifying areas in which to make strategic investments. He will also focus on strengthening the research infrastructure; improving education and training; and promoting collaborations and alliances that will result in increased research funding.

“There’s no doubt that this is a challenging time in science. Researchers are faced with an extremely competitive funding environment and a scientific landscape that is changing more rapidly than ever before,” says Mark Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We take these issues very seriously and believe Steve will help leadership and faculty respond to these challenges. With a wide-ranging understanding of research and an outstanding track record of organizing successful institutional collaborations, he is the ideal candidate for the job.”

Dewhurst has also been appointed associate vice president for health sciences research at the University. In this position he will work directly with Robert Clark, senior vice president for research, to create and implement a University-wide research strategic plan.

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