U of Cincinnati medical school dean steps down: 4 things to know

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dean William Ball, MD, will reportedly step down from his role in August, according to The Inquirer.

Here are four things to know about Dr. Ball's decision.

1. University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto, PhD, sent a letter to university leadership April 11 to announce Dr. Ball's decision.

2. Dr. Pinto said he will meet with stakeholders from the medical school and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center affiliate partners to discuss a plan for interim leadership and create a timeline during which to find Dr. Ball's replacement.

3. Dr. Ball said April 11 he is leaving "on the best of terms" with Dr. Pinto, according to The Inquirer.

"We've had many discussions on the future of the College of Medicine, and we both are in full agreement that he should be in a position to structure his executive leadership team with a long-term commitment in mind, which at this stage of my career I am unwilling to commit to," Dr. Ball said in a statement. "I am extremely proud of the accomplishments by the College of Medicine while I've been dean and I know there are many more great things to come in the college's future."

4. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Ball served as the university's vice president for research, and served as the chair of the department of biomedical engineering from 2001 to 2008, the report states.

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