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Provost, VP for academic affairs named interim president

On July 10, the MUSC board of trustees unanimously appointed Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., MUSC vice president for academic affairs and provost, as interim president for the university beginning sometime in late August.

Board chairman Thomas Stephenson said the board felt it was imperative to maintain a sense of continuity while the board prepares to launch a national search for a new president in the coming months.

It is my first priority to work to the best of my ability to facilitate the continued success of MUSC.

-Dr. Mark S. Sothmann


“Dr. Sothmann has proven his ability to lead here at MUSC, first in his role as the dean of the College of Health Professions and then in his current position as provost. The board has every confidence that Mark will provide a steady leadership presence during this period of transition for the university,” Stephenson said.

Sothmann earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s of science degree in 1976 and a doctorate degree in 1982 with a focus on exercise science, both degrees from Purdue University.

He moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982 as an assistant professor and developed the Exercise Research Laboratory where he spent 13 years on the faculty conducting his research in exercise biochemistry and studying human performance in extreme environments. He also held clinical faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sothmann moved to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1995 as professor and held the administrative appointment of associate dean in the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1997 through 2003. In 2004, he became the founding dean of the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. During this period, he was also a founding faculty member of the Indiana University School of Informatics.

In 2007, Sothmann moved to MUSC as a professor and dean of the College of Health Professions. In 2010, he assumed the administrative appointment of interim vice president for academic affairs and provost at MUSC, and in 2011, he was named to the permanent position after a national search.

On July 10, MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., announced his departure from MUSC.

“I have had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Sothmann for the past three years. He is a very skilled and diplomatic leader, and he has direct experience in helping to guide the university,” said Greenberg. “I applaud the board of trustees for its vote of confidence in Dr. Sothmann, and believe that he will be a very effective interim president for MUSC.”

Sothmann serves on numerous national science and health care advisory boards, and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine where he has served in leadership roles. He has published extensively in the fields of exercise science and academic leadership. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, NASA, EEOC, Lilly Foundation and numerous other agencies. He is a recipient of the University of Wisconsin Foundation Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors and the Glenn W. Irwin Jr., M.D., Experience Excellence Recognition Award for Service to IUPUI.

“I appreciate the confidence that Dr. Greenberg and the board of trustees have expressed by naming me interim president, and I am prepared to help the university navigate the path going forward,” Sothmann said. “It is my first priority to work to the best of my ability to facilitate the continued success of MUSC.”

Click here to read the official announcement of Sothmann being named the interim president.

July 17, 2013

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