For Release: 10 March 2015
OUM Rounds out Executive Team: Brown and Dudley Promoted
Oceania University of Medicine has appointed Dr. Randell Brown, Associate Dean, to Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chris Dudley, Director of Communications & Recruitment, to Director of Administration.
“These appointments round out our executive team, in addition to Dr. Lameko as Vice Chancellor and Dr. May as Chancellor,” says Taffy Gould, Chairman of the OUM Council. “Randy and Chris have done remarkable jobs in their positions, and I am confident that they will support Drs. Lameko and May and the Council in taking the University to new heights.”
The newly created Deputy Vice Chancellor position will be responsible for the academic enterprise at OUM, including the development and evaluation of the curriculum, design and implementation of instruction, research, and faculty affairs. The deans, faculty, academic advisers, and other academic staff will report to the Deputy Vice Chancellor.
“I am really looking forward to getting started,” says Dr. Brown, who joined OUM in 2012 as an instructor in the basic science courses. “OUM is the future of medical education. We have a great faculty, who are getting even better and dedicated to bringing the most robust experience to our students.”
After earning his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Brown did post-doctoral training in physiology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) which transitioned into cell and molecular biology research at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He stayed on as a research faculty member at UCSF and later joined the faculty at Penn State University College of Medicine before joining the OUM faculty in 2012. He was promoted to Associate Dean in 2014.
“Randy is an exemplary teacher, completely dedicated to improving his performance and to making sure that the students learn what they need to know,” says Ms. Gould. “He is a great role model and will be a great leader for our other very good faculty members.”
Dudley will assume the newly created position of Director of Administration, which includes all student services such as bursar/registrar, student affairs, admissions, and information technology.
“Chris’s previous title belies what he really has done for the University since he joined us in 2003,” says Ms. Gould. “In addition to handling recruitment and communications, he has overseen the accreditation process and has worked in the background to help things run smoothly in a variety of areas.”
After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Dudley worked as a broadcast journalist for seven years before moving to higher education at the universities of Florida and Miami. At the University of Miami where he earned an MBA, he served as Assistant Vice President for Medical Communication and Executive Assistant to the President. In 2000, he started a consultancy that works primarily with educational and healthcare institutions.
“It is very exciting to be part of an organization that is changing medical education,” says Dudley. “It has not been easy being among the first, and OUM’s success is a testament to the pioneering spirit of our early students, the foresight of our leaders, and the hard work of our faculty and staff.”
A New Leadership Model for OUM
Brown and Dudley will work closely with OUM’s recently named Vice Chancellor, Dr. Viali Lameko, and the OUM Council.
The Steering Committee, which has managed OUM for the last two years, will continue to function as a forum for University leaders to communicate and coordinate their plans and activities. The Academic Board, which statutorily sets and reviews academic policies and protocols, will continue as it has with faculty, administrative, and student participation.
“We have been contemplating these changes in leadership for quite some time and they were made in consultation with PAASCU as part of their re-accreditation site visits over the past couple of months,” says Ms. Gould.
It is anticipated that the re-accreditation site visits will be complete in May.
OUM is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), listed in the World Health Organization's World Directory of Medical Schools, and recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Located in Apia, Samoa, OUM offers the MD degree to its current student body of approximately 150 from nine countries. Graduates are receiving their post-graduate residency and internship specialty training at teaching hospitals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, and the United States. For more information about OUM, visit www.oum.edu.ws.
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