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  October 29, 2012

Volume 1, Issue 1 

From the Dean’s Desk

This is the first of a series of periodic updates to the medical school community from Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A.

Dr. Marjorie Bowman I am quite excited to be at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. While I have been making progress on my steep learning curve, I continue to be impressed with the quality of the Boonshoft School of Medicine education, student support, faculty, innovation, and leadership. I have found a tremendous level of commitment to quality and outcomes. Everyone involved is looking forward, thinking about the next steps to creating the best future for our school and our community.

We are also well positioned for success. We are a community-based medical school with multiple partnerships, terrific students and faculty, and an internationally known undergraduate education. I am impressed with how our structure and current strengths provide the flexibility that is crucial during these times of instability and uncertainty. We have a good balance of education, patient care, research, and service, all poised to meet our next challenges.

During my first 12 months, we will be developing a new Five-Year Strategic Plan. A new dean and an expiring current plan make this an excellent time to begin the process of strategically planning our next five years. The university is also undertaking their strategic planning process. The school of medicine’s plan will both stand alone and feed into, but be separate from, the university’s plan. This planning process will be a chance for our community to consider where our next innovations will be, what our dreams are, and how to fulfill them.

A strategic plan is a process more than it is any single outcome. It is about thinking broadly, in an interdisciplinary fashion, about our future in a more intense way than can be managed during our usual day-to-day operations. Planning never truly ends. Thus, the strategic plan will be a living road map for our next five years. We want the plan to represent us and be balanced with the need for flexibility, while also inspiring us in a way that catalyzes our future.

A planning committee will be appointed to undertake the development of the strategic plan, along with subcommittees that will focus on major goal areas. The committees will include broad representation from faculty, students, and staff. As part of the process, we will schedule a school-wide Strategic Plan Day to meet face-to-face and work as teams to discuss the further development of the specific goals and approaches. Opportunities for online input also will be available. The last step in the process will be ratification by the Executive Committee.

May our futures be bright and our light shine for others.


Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A.
Dean, Boonshoft School of Medicine