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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 10:18 a.m.

GW Hospital searches for new CEO

The GW Hospital

The position of CEO for the GW Hospital has been vacant for more than three months. Hatchet file photo

Updated Jan. 8, 10:51 a.m.

The GW Hospital is looking for a new leader after CEO Trent Crable stepped down more than three months ago.

Crable’s resignation was announced in a brief letter to hospital employees eight days before his departure Sept. 30, but the change in leadership was only made public Friday through an article in the Washington Business Journal.

The letter, which came from the outside company that maintains primary ownership of the hospital, called Crable’s decision to resign “mutually agreeable.”

Crable served in the post temporarily beginning in June 2008 before assuming the permanent title of chief executive officer and managing director of the hospital in January 2009. Chief Operating Officer Kim Russo and Chief Financial Officer Rick Davis will share the responsibility of overseeing hospital operations during the ongoing national search for a replacement.

Lisa McDonald, director of marketing and business development for the hospital, said Crable’s resignation was not related to the recent reorganization of the medical center, which split the three medical schools of the University into separate entitles after a yearlong review, or recent leadership shifts in the medical center.

McDonald declined to comment as to why the change in hospital leadership was not previously made public through its communication arm. The hospital has not published a press release on its website since Sept. 20 and it has not yet updated all of the site’s pages to reflect Crable’s resignation.

The top levels of University leadership were informed of the vacancy, but as a legally distinct body, the hospital has no obligation to report such news to the broader GW community.

McDonald also declined to provide a target date for naming a new leader.

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Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 10:45 p.m.

Top Medical School official resigns

Dr. John “Skip” Williams, senior vice provost and vice president for health affairs, will leave the University at the end of the year, after sources said senior officials at the University pushed him out of his position, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

Williams said he is leaving GW because the University “no longer wants him in that position,” the Post reported. The Post, who quoted three anonymous sources within the medical school, said Williams “has hired an attorney and is negotiating an agreement.”

Williams is the second high-ranking medical school employee to resign from top positions at the University six months into to a review of the Medical School’s organizational structure. Medical School Dean James Scott announced he would be stepping down from his position just before the Thanksgiving break, but no one would go into detail regarding the move.

According to the Post, Scott was pressured to resign by “top university officials” or else “risk jeopardizing his severance package.”

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This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Rachel Barker

The GW medical school was awarded a multi-million dollar grant Wednesday from the National Institutes of Health to aid research in neglected diseases, according to a University news release.

The $15 million grant will go towards rebuilding laboratories for neglected diseases and infections that affect poverty stricken areas, said Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Peter Hotez.

The new laboratories will be able to better support research for the development of new vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for “neglected infections of poverty” (NIoPs) “in poor developing countries, especially for children, who are the most vulnerable to these diseases,” according to a press release.

“It’ll allow us to bring in more faculty recruitments and have more space to expand our research mandate,” Hotez said.

According to Hotez, the funds will be used for renovations in Ross Hall.

“The NIH funds for this initiative will transform biomedical research and enable us to expand critical areas of much-needed clinical care and policy work in the field of NIoPS and NDS,” said University Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs John Williams.

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The University’s top academic administrator will retire from his position at the end of the 2010 calendar year, University President Steven Knapp announced today.

Donald Lehman

Donald Lehman

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Lehman’s retirement will become effective on December 31, 2010, Knapp announced in an Infomail. Lehman will continue to serve in his current capacity until the end of June of 2010, and after that will act as an adviser to President Knapp on science and engineering until his departure from the University. In that position, he will help guide the University’s planning for the Science and Engineering Complex, a project designed to replace GW’s older engineering facilities. Lehman was not immediately available for comment.

A national search for Lehman’s replacement will begin in September, Knapp said. When Lehman’s replacement is selected, that person will have the title of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Current Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services Robert Chernak will then become the senior vice provost for student affairs, enrollment management, and athletics, while current Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs John Williams will assume the title of senior vice provost and vice president for health affairs.

Chernak and Williams will both report to Lehman’s replacement, and the adjustment will “establish a single point of accountability, immediately below the president, for all academic and student-related programs of the University,” Knapp said.

Update, 5:39 p.m.

Though the reference to Student and Academic Support Services will be removed from Chernak’s title, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said “additional changes to SASS” are not expected.

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