Marian University has found a successor for Dr. Paul Evans, who plans to retire as dean of the school's College of Osteopathic Medicine, which he helped launch in 2013.
Dr. Donald Sefcik will become dean of the school on March 1 and will also take on the new position of Marian's vice president of health professions.
Sefcik comes from Michigan State University, where he was senior associate dean for MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Evans will work with Sefcik until Evans' retirement in May 2017, after the college’s first class of students graduates. The school has admitted three classes of 162 students each since it opened.
Sefcik is familiar with Indiana and Marian. He began his academic career as an adjunct faculty member at Marian College’s Department of Nursing. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmacy from Butler University and an MBA from Purdue University-Calumet.
He also has a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.
He previously held faculty positions with Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago College of Health Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy and Butler's College of Pharmacy.
As vice president of health professions, Sefcik will lead Marian's growing list of health-care-related programs.
Marian said it is still searching for a new dean for the Leighton School of Nursing to replace Anita Siccardi, who plans to retire this year.