Search Begins for New Dean at Samuel Merritt College


Samuel Merritt College


Feb. 5, 2008

Search Begins for New Dean at Samuel Merritt College -
California School of Podiatric Medicine

(OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 5, 2008) Dr. Scot D. Foster, Academic Vice President and Provost, recently announced that Dr. Albert Burns will be stepping down from the deanship of the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt College (SMC), July 1, 2008 or until a successful candidate is named.

A search committee will be appointed in early February to begin the process of selecting a new dean. It is intended that the search will be national in scope with a goal of securing the best candidate to lead the School of Podiatric Medicine.

Provost Foster states, "The California School of Podiatric Medicine is a cornerstone of the Samuel Merritt College mission to become a nationally recognized health sciences institution. It is with great enthusiasm that the College, in collaboration with its faculty and the podiatric medical community at large, will comprehensively assess the priority needs of the School for the next decade. The College seeks an exuberant leader to champion the School's efforts in quality improvement and securing the next generation of podiatric physicians."

Dr. Burns is recognized throughout the country as a distinguished foot and ankle surgeon and a superb teacher, led the transition of CSPM from an independent institution to a robust academic program within Samuel Merritt College. Dr. Burns will remain on the SMC teaching faculty where his efforts will continue to contribute to student achievement.

Dr. Foster invites alumni, friends and members of the podiatric medical community to participate in the recruitment process for a new dean. Comments may be sent to Dr. Foster at

Samuel Merritt College is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Health. SMC, founded in 1909, has been educating health professionals for nearly 100 years. The 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.



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