Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Louis Sullivan to Step Down as President of Morehouse School of Medicine

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Louis Sullivan to Step Down as President of Morehouse School of Medicine

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ATLANTA

After more than two decades at the helm of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan will turn over the presidency to Dr. James R. Gavin III in June of next year.

Gavin is currently senior scientific officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, Md.

Except for the 47 months that he served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- from 1989 to 1993 -- Sullivan has led the school of medicine since its inception in 1975.

Over the past 26 years, the school has grown from a temporary trailer on the Morehouse College campus into an independent campus with seven buildings and an eighth building -- the 105,000-square-foot National Center for Primary Care -- under construction. The student body has grown from the two dozen medical students enrolled in that first two-year basic medical sciences program to more than 200 students in fully accredited M.D., Ph.D., and M.P.H. programs.

"I am pleased that Dr. Gavin will be our new president," says Sullivan. "He is an outstanding physician, academic administrator, researcher and teacher."

Gavin graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N. …

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