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Dean of Osteopathic Medical School Resigns Post

by Rodney Tanaka

June 23, 2003

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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

Health Sciences.

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



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