Samuel Merritt College (SMC) has selected John Venson, DPM, as the new dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), effective June 23, 2008. His appointment follows a national search that produced a strong field of candidates.
Dr. Venson will succeed Albert Burns, DPM, who announced last spring that he will return to a full-time faculty position at SMC after serving as dean since 2001. In his role as the new dean, Dr. Venson will serve as the chief administrative and academic officer for CSPM and will provide leadership and coordination for all aspects of curricular programming of the school. He will optimize the college's alliances with hospitals for greater clinical clerkship and residency opportunities, promote the growth of clinical research, and serve as the liaison between the school and the podiatric community. The new dean will be the primary advocate for the podiatric student.