Samuel Merritt College Names New Dean of California School of Podiatric Medicine

Samuel Merritt College


Samuel Merritt College Names New
California School of Podiatric


Oakland, CA (June
2008) --
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

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.

"Samuel Merritt College is dedicated to excellence in
podiatric medical education and is confident that Dr. Venson will provide the
requisite leadership to achieve that vision," said SMC Academic Vice President
and Provost, Scot Foster, PhD.

Since receiving his Doctor of
Podiatric Medicine in 1976, Venson has served in a variety of leadership roles
in podiatric medical education, accreditation, credentialing and management. He
currently serves as the Associate Director, Credentials at the American Board of
Podiatric Surgery located in San
Francisco. His former professional experience includes
Associate Professorship and Chair, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Scholl
College of Podiatric Medicine, Chief Operations Officer at the Weil Foot and
Ankle Institute as well as Vice President, Compliance and Operations at Thomas
White International. Dr. Venson served as President, American Board of
Podiatric Surgery in 1990.

"Dr. Venson is a frequent
spokesperson for podiatric issues on local and regional media outlets and brings
a wealth of experience to the College in financial management and business best
practices," said Dr. Foster.

A graduate of the Illinois College
of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Venson completed a surgical residency at
Thorek Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He has also served as a Faculty
Scholar at the Harvard-Macy Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

recognized as a premier health sciences institution, Samuel Merritt College
offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing,
occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical
therapy and podiatric medicine.

The College was
first established in 1909 on `Pill Hill' in Oakland, California. SMC has committed itself to a
mission of excellence and educating students to become highly skilled and
compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience
of care in diverse communities.

The California
School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), formerly known California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM), was
founded in 1914. From 1914 to August 2001, the campus was located in San Francisco's Western
Addition. In July 2002 the School merged with SMC, relocated to Oakland and changed its
name to CSPM.

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Merritt College
Elizabeth Valente
Associate Director Media


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