New dean of UTRGV School of Medicine announced

EDINBURG — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced their selection for the new Dean of the School of Medicine Thursday afternoon. Dr. John Krouse, from Temple University in Philadelphia, will lead the new school as dean and vice president for medical affairs.

EDINBURG — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced their selection for the new Dean of the School of Medicine Thursday afternoon. Dr. John Krouse, from Temple University in Philadelphia, will lead the new school as dean and vice president for medical affairs.

“Temple has traditionally been ranked as one of the top research-oriented medical schools in the nation, so to attract someone of Dr. Krouse’s caliber is a credit to the faculty, staff and students we already have in place,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey in an internal announcement.

Krouse holds the positions of senior associate dean for clinical affairs and president of Temple University Physicians, among other titles, and he will take over the position on July 1, relieving Interim-Dean Dr. Steven Lieberman who was also a top candidate for the role.

Lieberman filled the position since June 2016, after Founding Dean Dr. Francisco Fernandez stepped down. The official search for the new dean began in the fall and Krouse was one of four top candidates to visit the campus and meet with UTRGV officials, students and staff.

“It is uncommon that new medical schools are opened, and to play a role in the development of this new college is a personal and professional honor and privilege,” Krouse said in the announcement. “It is uncommon that new medical schools are opened, and to play a role in the development of this new college is a personal and professional honor and privilege.”

Lieberman will remain with UTRGV’s School of Medicine for several months to assist with the transition.

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