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University of Cincinnati medical school dean stepping down


The dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. William Ball, will be stepping down from his position in August.

UC President Neville Pinto sent a letter on Tuesday to the university’s deans, directors and department heads announcing the decision. In the letter, Pinto thanked Ball for his “distinguished leadership and exemplary service to UC and the broader community.”

Pinto said he will meet with stakeholders from medical school, UC Medical Center affiliate partners to discuss interim leadership and the timeline for launching a search for a replacement. 

Ball became dean and senior vice president for health affairs in 2015. He is the 52nd dean in the medical college’s nearly 200-year history. Pinto said the school has made “tremendous progress in propelling the university forward” under Ball’s leadership.

In a statement Wednesday, Ball said he was leaving “on the best of terms” with Pinto. 

“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. … 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.”

During his tenure, Ball accelerated the university’s efforts to achieve National Cancer Institute designation and create a new school of public health. He enhanced the university’s research capacity and recruited leadership for several clinical departments.

Pinto said Ball has also been “instrumental in growing the breadth and depth of collaboration among the four health care colleges” and advanced UC’s relationship with UC Health, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Before he became dean, Ball, a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics, served as UC’s vice president for research. He was chair of the department of biomedical engineering serving from 2001 until 2008.

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