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MUSC's VP for academic affairs, provost named

Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., has been appointed into the permanent role of MUSC’s vice president of academic affairs and provost. This appointment becomes effective with the approval of the board of trustees at its next meeting on April 8. Sothmann has been serving as interim provost for the past eight months.

Dr. Mark Sothmann

“Dr. Sothmann has repeatedly shown that he is a thoughtful decision-maker and that he is a consensus builder,” said MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. “Most noteworthy among his accomplishments as interim provost are the successful negotiations of a revised post-tenure review process and the development and refinement of a new financial model for resource flow within the institution.”

Upon the departure of former provost John Raymond, M.D., a national search was launched for his successor. The search committee included a broad range of representatives from across campus and was chaired by College of Nursing Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D., R.N. Among the applicants, four finalists were selected because of their extensive and impressive academic administrative experience.

“Given the many challenges that MUSC faces at this time, we thought the institution was best served by the appointment of someone with a deep understanding of local issues and demonstrated skill in working Dr. Mark Sothmann effectively with the rest of the leadership team,” Greenberg said.

Sothmann earned his bachelor of science in history from the University of Northern Iowa, a master of science in 1976 and a doctorate of psychology in 1982 in exercise science with concentration in biochemistry, both degrees from Purdue University. He moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982 and developed the Exercise Research Laboratory where he spent 13 years on the faculty conducting his research in exercise biochemistry and studying human performance in extreme environments. He also held clinical faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sothmann moved to Indiana University in 1995 as professor and held the administrative appointments of associate dean in the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1997 through 2004, and founding dean of the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from 2004 through 2007. He was a founding faculty member of the Indiana University School of Informatics and secured federal funding to create the Indiana Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering Research. He assumed his present position in 2007 as professor and dean in the College of Health Professions. Effective July 1, 2010, Sothmann assumed the administrative appointment of interim vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

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