Penn State Health CEO Dr. Craig Hillemeier to retire

Craig Hillemeier, MD, the CEO of Hershey, Pa.-based Penn State Health and dean of its affiliated medical school, announced plans to resign from his roles later this year.

The health system announced Dr. Hillemeier's retirement Feb. 21. He joined the system in 2001 and has served as CEO since 2014.

"Serving as the dean and CEO of Penn State's medical school and health system has been the most rewarding opportunity of my professional career," Dr. Hillemeier said in a news release. "I have had the privilege to work closely with many talented and dedicated people who continue to make the well-being of others their central focus. I will never forget them. I leave Penn State with confidence that the College of Medicine and Penn State Health are both well-positioned for continued growth and success."

Officials said Dr. Hillemeier's exact retirement date has not been set but is expected to occur sometime during the summer. Penn State trustees are expected to meet Feb. 22 to discuss a timeline for finding his replacement.

While the CEO of the system typically also serves as dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, the trustees are also expected to consider a proposal to change the bylaws to have two separate leaders.

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