Rappley named dean of Michigan State College of Human Medicine

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations: (517) 432-0920, oswald@msu.edu

Sep 15, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich.— Marsha Rappley has been appointed dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine after serving as acting dean for more than a year.

Rappley’s appointment was made official by a vote of the MSU Board of Trustees at its meeting today. The appointment is effective immediately.

Provost Kim Wilcox consulted with a number of groups on Rappley’s appointment, including the college’s faculty advisory committee, the department chairpersons and the administrative leadership team.

“All of those groups unanimously endorsed this appointment,” he said. “She’s served the last year as acting dean, leading a strategic visioning process that has set an exciting agenda for the college.”

“I am honored to serve as dean of the college during this very important time,” Rappley said. “I am most appreciative of the support I’ve received from our various stakeholders, and I am anxious to continue working with them as we move the college forward.”

Among Rappley’s goals for the college are to continue plans to expand into West Michigan, strengthening relationships with the college’s community campuses and preparing for the college’s reaccreditation process.

An MSU faculty member since 1988, Rappley is a 1984 graduate of the College of Human Medicine. Prior to serving as acting dean, Rappley was the college’s associate dean for academic affairs.

Other administrative positions she has held at MSU are interim chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and interim associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Human Medicine.

She is recognized nationally for her expertise in problems of learning and behavior in children, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

For more information on the College of Human Medicine, please visit the Web at http://www.humanmedicine.msu.edu/