A.T. Still University (ATSU) President Craig Phelps, DO, has announced the appointment of Norman Gevitz, PhD, as the Universityâ??s new senior vice president - academic affairs, effective July 2013.
â??Dr. Gevitz will be joining ATSU at a very pivotal time in our history,â?? President Phelps said in his announcement. â??He brings us tremendous depth and strength in all the right areas. He has had a distinguished career in health sciences teaching and scholarship, a long and proven track record of securing and sustaining funding, and years of outstanding academic leadership. Also, in true ATSU fashion, Dr. Gevitz has a deep and abiding commitment to community service.â??
Dr. Gevitz served as an educator, researcher and leader for more than thirty years in both private and public institutions. He is currently at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) â?? College of Osteopathic Medicine where he served as professor of history and sociology of medicine and director of the Academic Medicine Scholars Program.
Prior to his time in New York, Dr. Gevitz served for 12 years as chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has held various academic administrative positions, including co-director of the undergraduate rehabilitation counseling degree program at the Illinois Institute of Technology and director of the medical humanities program at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Dr. Gevitz is the author of The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America; and he has extensively published results of his research in peer-reviewed journals focusing on the history and future of osteopathic medicine, and the history of dentistry, pharmacy, and medical ethics. In addition, Dr. Gevitz has been involved in numerous grants, both public and private, including funding for research, health science training programs, and community service projects since 1983. For the last 15 years, he has served as faculty for the nationally known Health Policy Fellowship and more recently as Associate Director of the Program.
â??As the chief academic officer for the University, Dr. Gevitz will continue to strengthen ATSUâ??s growing academic programs and our unwavering commitment to excellence in all we do,â?? President Phelps said. â??I am abundantly confident that Dr. Gevitz is prepared for this critically important leadership role, and I look forward to working with him in implementing ATSUâ??s Strategic Plan, including key initiatives of interprofessional education, a center for teaching and learning excellence, and diversity.â??