Ohio University’s Medical School Names New Dean

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A new dean has been named for Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kenneth Johnson will take on the role Aug. 20.

OU Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit made the announcement Wednesday just after the medical school officially nailed down Dublin as the site of its new extension campus.

Johnson is currently the vice dean at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He's also the associate dean for educational programs and an associate professor at the school in Maine.

In a news release, Benoit says the past two years have been remarkable ones for the Heritage College.

"This is a critical time in the college’s history with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations’ gift of $105 million in 2011, new extension campuses in Dublin and Cleveland, expanded partnerships with OhioHealth and Cleveland Clinic, and the growth of medical research programs," said Benoit. "Dr. Johnson has the knowledge and the experience necessary to guide the medical college as it works to realize its new vision for the future of medical education."

Once Johnson takes over, outgoing dean Jack Brose will begin a three-year appointment as the vice provost for health affairs and special assistant to Benoit.

Brose has held the position since 2001.