After almost four years of distinguished service, Craig, J. Lenz,
DO, FAODME, is announcing his resignation as Dean of the College of
Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at Western University of
In a short statement, Dr. Lenz said, “”I want to inform my college
and the University community of a decision that I have made. Effective
July 1, 2003, I am resigning my position for personal reasons.””
His statement continues, “”I cannot express the pride that I have
in the accomplishments of the team with which I have been privileged to
work these past four years. We have made advances at the College of
Osteopathic Medicine. There needs to be more. So I entreat everyone to
move forward and work with any new dean who is selected to lead you in
the coming years.””
Dr. Lenz concluded with, “”I will miss you all and never forget my
time here.”” Dr. Lenz began his service at Western University as the
Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs in 1999. In 2000 he was appointed as
Dean of COMP.
“”Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Lenz has built the number of
rotation sites for our students from six to over 74 with more sites in
the process of being established,”” said Philip Pumerantz, President of
Western University. Rotation sites are where third and fourth year
students get practical experience working with patients alongside
practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners in the various
disciplines of medicine.
Dr. Pumerantz added, “”Dr. Lenz also taught our students about
professionalism. He had clear expectations on how our medical students
cared for their patients and how they presented themselves as future
While the University begins a national search to replace Dr.
Lenz, the services of an Interim Dean have been secured. Benjamin L.
Cohen, DO, FACOP, will serve as the Interim Dean of COMP beginning July
1, 2003. Dr. Cohen retired from service as Executive Vice President and
Dean of the Osteopathic Medical School at the University of North Texas,
for ten years and has a long and distinguished career as a physician and