H. David Wilson, M.D., dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita since 2009, is leaving for a position in Kentucky.
Wilson will become the special assistant to the dean for educational development at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, according to a news release from KU.
Garold Minns, M.D., associate dean for academic and student affairs, will take over as dean Aug. 1.
“The KU School of Medicine-Wichita has benefited tremendously under Dean Wilson’s leadership,” said Steven Stites, M.D., acting executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Medical Center and acting executive dean of the KU School of Medicine. “We are enormously grateful for his service.”
As dean, Wilson oversaw the Wichita school’s expansion to a full, four-year medical school program in July 2011. Previously, about 55 students from the school’s main campus in Kansas City, Kan., went to Wichita for their third and fourth years of clinical training. The school remains committed to its four-year program in Wichita, Stites said.
Other accomplishments under Wilson’s leadership include raising $4 million in support of the campus expansion, increasing research activity on the Wichita campus and strengthening ties to rural Kansas communities and colleges, according to the news release.
Wilson was professor of pediatrics and vice president for health affairs at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences before joining KU.
Minns is a Kansas native who graduated from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita and completed his residency and fellowship training on the school’s Wichita campus; he joined the KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty in 1980. He also served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine from 1994 to 2003.