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Searches to Begin for UW Health Sciences, Business Deans

April 26, 2017

National searches are planned for two academic dean positions at the University of Wyoming, as College of Health Sciences Dean Joe Steiner and College of Business Dean Sanjay Putrevu will depart this summer.

In the meantime, Provost Kate Miller says she soon will make interim appointments for the coming year for those two key academic leadership positions.

Steiner will step down July 6 as dean of the College of Health Sciences, as he was offered and has accepted participation in UW’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Program for faculty members.

Steiner has held his current position since 2009, after returning to UW from eight years of service as dean of the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. Before that, he worked for UW for 22 years, four as professor and director of pharmacy practice, and 18 as professor and clinical pharmacy director for the College of Health Sciences schools of Human Medicine and Pharmacy at the UW Family Practice Residency Program in Casper.

Steiner was instrumental in changing the structure of UW’s graduate medical education by establishing the Educational Health Center of Wyoming (EHCW), qualifying it as a Health Resources and Services Administration-approved site. The EHCW serves as an umbrella organization under which the Casper and Cheyenne family practice residency programs function, and led to the recent addition of a family practice program clinic in Laramie.

“We appreciate Dr. Steiner’s many years of dedicated service to UW and Wyoming’s health care community,” Miller says. “We will endeavor to find the very best leader we can to lead this important college at UW which, among other things, is the state's leading provider of professionals to fill positions in the health care industry.”

The provost says she will appoint an interim College of Health Sciences dean from within the faculty to serve for the coming year, while a national search is mounted for Steiner’s successor.

Putrevu, meanwhile, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Business at Cleveland State University and will leave UW effective June 30. He has been dean of the UW College of Business since 2015. During his tenure, the College of Business was reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Of the more than 11,000 business schools worldwide, fewer than 5 percent received AACSB accreditation.

As a student advocate, Putrevu held monthly student office hours to help him better understand the areas in which the college could improve the student experience, including ways to transform learning experiences so that UW graduates are empowered with knowledge and skills to help them realize their dreams.

“We thank Dr. Putrevu for his service to the university and wish him well in his new position,” Miller says.

The provost is seeking an interim dean from outside UW to serve for the coming year, while a national search is mounted for Putrevu’s successor.

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