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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences announced today the resignation of H. Danny Weaver, DO, FACOFP, president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 31, 2012.
Following the conclusion of the academic semester, Dr. Weaver plans to return to private medical practice.
Marshall Walker, DO, director of medical education for Via Christi Health System in Wichita, Kan., and current vice-chair of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees, will serve as acting president and chief executive officer while a national search is conducted to fill the executive leadership position.
“This university has been a constant throughout my life, and I consider it a second home,” Dr. Weaver said. “It has been a privilege to serve as both president and chair of the Board of Trustees. KCUMB’s leadership, faculty, staff and alumni have demonstrated a real commitment to making this university a premier osteopathic medical education and biosciences institution of higher learning. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made and believe that great things lay ahead for this institution.”
Dr. Weaver, who was chairman of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees from 2004-2009, initially served as acting president and chief executive officer from December 2009 to September 2010, when he was officially named president and chief executive officer.
Dr. Weaver helped stabilize the institution following a previous leadership transition at the university. During his tenure, Dr. Weaver oversaw the restructuring of the university and the selection of a new provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He encouraged a re-emphasis on KCUMB’s mission to educate highly qualified students to become osteopathic physicians, researchers and bioethicists. This emphasis on students translated into greater access to technology and new student-centered facilities on campus, including the D’Angelo Library and a student activities center, both of which opened in March 2011.
Dr. Weaver also fostered an environment of open communication between all University constituencies. In particular, Dr. Weaver was a unifying presence, using transparency, communication and personal interactions to connect with students and re-engage alumni.
“We are grateful to Danny for his leadership and dedication to KCU, especially over the last few years,” said Terry Dunn, chairman of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees. “The Board recognizes that his willingness to serve as president during such a critical time in the university’s history came at great personal and professional sacrifice. We wish him the best as he enters the next chapter of his career.”
About KCUMBKansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Founded in 1916, its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state.
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