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MSU votes on interim dean for College of Human Medicine

August 7, 2015
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Aron Sousa
Aron Sousa. Courtesy MSU College of Human Medicine

An experienced academic leader has been recommended to the MSU Board of Trustees to serve as the interim dean for the College of Human Medicine.


Michigan State University said today that June Pierce Youatt, provost and EVP for academic affairs at MSU, recommends that Dr. Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the MSU College of Human Medicine, serve as the college’s interim dean after Dean Marsha Rappley’s departure next week.

“Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sousa to this interim position and thanking Dean Rappley for her many years of exemplary service,” Youatt said.

After serving as dean since 2006, Rappley announced on June 16 she had accepted a position at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. to serve as the VP for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System.

A search for the dean of the College of Human Medicine will commence in the fall.

Youatt said that with Sousa’s “history of leadership in the college," she is “confident he will step into this interim position with the skills needed to provide continuity during this time of transition.”

Sousa would begin serving in the role on Aug. 15.

His appointment will be considered at the university's Sept. 11 board meeting and be retroactive.


Sousa joined the MSU faculty in 1999 and has served as the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the MSU College of Human Medicine since 2007.

Over the years, he has had experience overseeing admissions, post-baccalaureate programs, operations, curriculum, the Office of Medical Education Research and Development, co-directed accreditation and managed academics for the medical school’s expansion.

He is also a practicing physician at the MSU Clinical Center and has served as a resident and chief resident in internal medicine at MSU. 

Sousa holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Indiana University and a medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

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