May 16, 2007    #118
Contact: John Allen

UMKC names interim provostSchool of Medicine dean appointed

Guy H. Bailey, University of Missouri-Kansas City chancellor, announced today that Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., and dean of UMKC’s School of Medicine, has been named as UMKC’s interim provost, effective June 1. Drees follows Bruce Bubacz, Ph.D., who resigned as provost in March to return to the classroom as a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Drees will remain in her role as dean of the medical school.

“I am confident that Dean Drees will bring the same level of commitment and quality of leadership to this interim role as she has the office of the dean for our School of Medicine,” said Bailey. “She remains a strong advocate for excellence in education. Her continued collaboration with our area partner hospitals – Children’s Mercy, Saint Luke’s, Truman Medical Center, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center – provides a critical and superior training ground for the doctors we educate.”

Drees began with the medical school in 1998 and was named interim dean in 2001 before her appointment as the school’s dean in 2003. Drees is credited for her advocacy of changes in policy and practices, which results in the successes of students and faculty members. Of the more than 2,500 graduates of the medical school, nearly half practice in Kansas City and in the state of Missouri, and are some of the most outstanding medical leaders in this community. There are 71 medical students graduating next week and entering some of the most prestigious training programs in the country. A third of the class has chosen to continue training in the hospitals in Kansas City.

Under Drees’ leadership, research funding for the school has increased more than 250 percent and focuses in particular on translating new discoveries into patient care.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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