After a year-long search, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is pleased to announce that Janet Townsend, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs. She assumed the role on March 23.
As senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Townsend will oversee the process for appointment, promotion and tracking of faculty members at the School of Medicine. Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and executive vice president and chief academic officer, Geisinger, said, “Dr. Townsend’s strong relations with clinical leadership will be invaluable as we work to integrate the hundreds of preceptors across the Geisinger system fully into the faculty and to enhance faculty mentoring and advancement.” In this position Dr. Townsend will report to Dr. Scheinman.
GCSOM is grateful to John Arnott, PhD, interim chair of the Department of Medical Education, who chaired the search committee that recommended Dr. Townsend for this role. William Jeffries, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs and vice dean for medical education, will be initiating a selection process to identify Dr. Townsend’s successor as regional campus dean of the Central Campus.
“I would like to thank Harry Wollman, MD, for his service as interim senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs,” said Dr. Scheinman. “In his nearly three years here he has also previously served as senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and as interim chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences. I am grateful to Dr. Wollman for his service on our leadership team during this exciting time.”
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