Marian starts search for new med school dean

Marian University expects the deans of both its medical and nursing schools to retire in the next two years. So, the small Catholic school is launching a search for replacements.

Dr. Paul Evans, who joined Marian in 2010 to open its College of Osteopathic Medicine, always planned to retire in 2017, after the college’s first class of students graduates. The school has admitted three classes of 162 students each since it opened in August 2013.

Marian will turn the medical dean’s position into a broader role called the vice president of health professions, with responsibility for all health-related programs at the school. Those include exercise science, as well as nursing and medicine.

Marian is also searching for a replacement for Anita Siccardi, dean of the its Leighton School of Nursing, who plans to retire in the next year.

“This is a transitional period, as we look to continue to grow our medical school and nursing school under new leadership,” Marian President Dan Elsener said in a written statement. “We need strong leaders for each of these programs who can collaborate not only with each other, but also with the leaders of our developing graduate programs in exercise science and biomedical science, to further expand Marian University’s educational offerings in the health professions.”

Marian’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is only the second in the state. The Indiana University School of Medicine enrolls about 350 students per year.

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