Succession Plan Ensures Strong Management of SOM Human Resources, Academic Administration,
Facilities Management and More, Following Retirement of 41-Year SOM Veteran Dr. Gregory Robinson
University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today a series of appointments and promotions in the Office of the Dean as the School begins a smooth succession, following the retirement of 41-year SOM veteran, Gregory Robinson, DMin, MDiv, MA on July 1. The announcement includes an expanded organizational structure that ensures strong management of SOM Human Resources, Academic Administration, Facilities Management as well as Finance and Busines Affairs. (See new Organization Chart below.)
“We owe a deep debt of gratitude for everything Dr. Robinson has done for the School of Medicine over the past four decades,” said Dean Reece, who is also Vice President of Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “We are also grateful that he has assembled a very strong team of management professionals and has implemented a strategic succession plan to ensure seamless leadership and execution in these critical functions for the future.”
Offices of Finance, Human Resources, Academic Administration and Facilities & Operations
Louisa A. Peartree, MBA, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean, Finance & Resource Management. In this role, she will oversee all of the SOM’s financial affairs, human resources, academic administration and facilities operations. Ms. Peartree, who joined the Dean’s Office staff in 1998, has been Associate Dean for Finance and Business Affairs since 2010. She received her BS Degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic & State University, and her MBA Degree in Finance from Loyola University of Maryland. Reporting to Dean Reece, she will continue to have stewardship for the SOM’s financial resources, and oversight of the School’s operating and capital budgeting processes, financial analysis and control. Her new responsibilities will now include overseeing all aspects of SOM human resources and facilities management, and jointly overseeing academic administration.
Her senior team leaders will now include Ronald M. Powell, MBA, promoted to Assistant Dean, Administration and Finance, who will assume broader responsibilities for the financial and budget operations of the School, along with James Airey, Director
of Finance; and Robert A. Cook, MBA, an architect, who will become Executive Director of Facilities & Operations, directing all space and facilities management issues across the School. David J. Ingle, MBA, is now promoted to Assistant Dean, Academic Administration & Human Resources and will assume much of the responsibilities vacated by Dr. Robinson. He will report jointly to Ms. Peartree and to James Kaper, PhD, who is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Mr. Ingle, who joined the SOM in 1994, received his BA from Colgate University and his MBA degree from the University of Baltimore. In his new role, he is responsible for faculty affairs matters, including appointments, promotions and tenure process, and management and oversight of Human Resources.
Debra H. Hudson is now promoted to Director, Academic Administration, and assumes much of the responsibilities vacated by David Ingle. As Director, she will take on day-to-day responsibilities for the Division of Academic Administration, and report to Mr. Ingle.
Office of Research Affairs
In the Office of Research Affairs, Terry B. Rogers, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is promoted to Assistant Dean, Research Affairs. He will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Research Affairs. Dr. Rogers, who joined the faculty of SOM in 1990, received a BS degree in Chemistry from Cornell University, a PhD in Biochemistry from University of California, Davis, and his postdoctoral training at the University of Nice in France. Reporting to Dean Reece, Dr. Rogers will continue to oversee all matters related to research administration with expanded responsibilities for research development activities, including large, complex grant submissions, and will work collaboratively with faculty research teams.
“This is a critical time of growth for the School of Medicine as we continue to surge forward on our mission to accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and enhance our position as a national and international leader in academic and clinical medicine,” Dean Reece said. “I am most grateful for the outstanding professionals who have worked in the Dean’s Office for many years and decades, and who stand ready to be promoted to assume greater levels of responsibility. I am confident that, with these appointments and new additions to the Dean’s senior staff, the School will continue to effectively manage these vital administrative and resource functions.”
Mr. Ingle will also provide management oversight to the Division of Human Resource Services as it relates to faculty activities. Ms. Jessica L. Bird, MEd continues as Senior Director of Human Resources, and is the senior Human Resources Professional for the SOM on all staff-related human resources issues.