Jun 17, 2008    #072
Contact: John Austin

New associate dean for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity chosen for UMKC School of Medicine Susan Wilson brings experience in medicine, administration and cultural program management

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine has selected Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D. to fill the position of associate dean for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity. Wilson comes to UMKC from Spofford, a child and family treatment center in Kansas City, where she served as vice president of Clinical Services. She will assume her new position at UMKC on July 7, 2008.

“We are very pleased to have found a candidate of Susan Wilson’s caliber,” said Betty M. Drees, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “She brings an impressive combination of capabilities and experience to this important position, and will play a key role in contributing to the medical school’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity.”

Wilson attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. She also possesses an M.B.A. from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.

Prior to her most current position at Spofford, Wilson worked with several notable health care organizations in the Kansas City area, including Swope Health Services and St. Luke’s Health System. She has also provided consulting services to government, businesses and organizations, including the National Football League. Wilson has contributed her time and skills to numerous civic and community endeavors, such as the UMKC Board of Visitors, Jackson County COMBAT Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee, and the Statewide African American Mental Health Taskforce. Wilson is a member of the UMKC Women’s Council and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, a public service sorority.

Wilson’s personal and professional achievements have not gone unnoticed. She has been honored with an Up and Comers Award from the Kansas City Business Journal and named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in Kansas City Award by the Kansas City Globe. She has also been recognized with Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the Midwest awards.

In her role as associate dean at the School of Medicine, Wilson will be responsible for developing strategies and policies for the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority students and faculty, which includes coordinating and implementing the school’s Summer Scholars and Saturday Academy pipeline programs; assisting in the development of curriculum and training in cultural competency for medical students, residents and faculty; participating in cultural competency and health disparities research; and seeking financial support and grant funding for cultural enhancement and diversity.

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. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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