University of Northern Colorado-College of Osteopathic
A unique opportunity to transform medical education in Northern
Colorado as the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer
of the University of Northern Colorado-College of Osteopathic
Medicine (UNC-COM), a new college at the University of
Northern Colorado (UNC) located between the Rocky Mountains and
Colorado’s stunning high plains in Greeley, CO. The proposed
UNC-COM would become the third medical college in Colorado and
would help the state alleviate its shortage of physicians (only 35%
of the state’s need for physicians is met), particularly in rural
and underserved communities.
Dean will lead this not-for-profit
enterprise through development, accreditation, and on to the goal
of becoming a world-class center of learning and medical education.
The Founding Dean will be an academic innovator and medical
education development and support leader who is enthusiastic to be
a foundational leader in building the College’s programmatic
offerings in the health sciences. The Founding Dean will position
UNC-COM to meet the workforce needs of the state and region,
positively contributing to the strength, health, and prosperity of
Greeley, Weld County, and the state. Greeley has been ranked
Top 15 Happiest Cities in the United States.
By proceeding on a well-organized timeline from this point
through to completion, it is anticipated that the first
class of students would begin instruction as early as fall 2025.
With only 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the
United States—only six of which are at universities—UNC-COM would
be joining a select group of D.O. schools/colleges that would
attract students from not just Colorado and the region, but across
the country. The Founding Dean is expected to be hired on
or around spring 2022.
Initially, the Founding Dean will report
to UNC president Andy Feinstein; and will begin vital work to
create a business plan, develop the program curriculum, support
work to secure start-up funds, lead fundraising efforts for the
College; and collaborate with partners to secure additional
commitments for clinical placements and residencies. The final
organizational structure will be determined based on the proposed
Working with the president and vice presidents, and college
deans, the Founding Dean will lead the
establishment of and advance a unified vision and identity for a
new osteopathic medical college. Once it is fully operational, the
College is planned to be completely self-supporting, and will, in
fact, provide additional operating revenue that can be used to
strengthen UNC’s existing programs in the sciences, health
sciences, and beyond.
- Start-up Funds:
- Secured $5.8M in Donor Funding to Support Initial Project
- Construction Budget: $50M+ to accommodate class size of 150
students per year (in progress).
- Start-up Costs: $30M (in progress).
- Escrowed Funds Required by the COCA: $53M (in progress).
- Initial focuses of the new UNC-COM:
- An emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion for leadership,
faculty, and students.
- A commitment to training Osteopathic physicians interested in
rural and medically underserved communities.
- Preparing Osteopathic physicians who express strong interest in
working in behavioral health.
- Application for applicant status with the Commission on
Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has been
- UNC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
(HLC) and is recognized as a comprehensive baccalaureate
and specialized graduate research university by the State of
- A Deep Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion: UNC is preparing for its designation as a
Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). More than 24%
of the student body identify as Latinx and 43% of UNC students are
the first in their family to attend college.
- UNC-COM will have a positive impact on health care and
the regional and state economies by:
- Improving quality of life in communities across Colorado by
growing the capacity of the healthcare system—expanding numbers of
highly qualified physicians who have local and regional connections
- Enhancing access to healthcare, especially in rural and other
- Developing synergies with existing programs such as nursing,
behavioral sciences, public health, audiology, speech-language
pathology, sports and exercise science, biology, and chemistry to
enrich the curriculum—and reinvesting in programs that expand UNC’s
capacity to support positive health outcomes for Colorado.
- Providing academic pathways for underrepresented students to
pursue medical degrees—and, through their success, produce a
pipeline for achieving greater diversity in the physician
- Contributing as a major driver of the local, regional, and
state economy, creating jobs, and generating millions of dollars in
economic impact to the region.
- Contributing tremendously to the already growing, innovative
economy of Northern Colorado.
- An earned D.O. degree from a COCA-accredited college of
- An unrestricted medical license at some time in his/her career,
free of disciplinary actions or sanctions while licensed.
- AOA or ABMS board certification at some time in his/her
- At least five (5) years of proven experience within the last
ten (10) years in academic leadership roles that includes budget
For immediate and confidential consideration, please inquire
with an updated copy of your CV and a letter of interest. Qualified
and interested candidates should submit their interest by
Wednesday, February 9, 2022. All inquiries should be sent
to Eric Dickerson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Director & Sr.
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
Phone: (972) 265-5245 – Direct
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UNC-COM proudly offers a full range of benefit
options to enhance overall wellbeing through competitive and
comprehensive packages designed to support the employee and their
UNC has partnered with Kaye/Bassman to provide executive search
services for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNC.
UNC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer
committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body.
UNC values diversity and is committed to the principle of equal
opportunity in education and employment. UNC is dedicated to
diversity and include of all people and groups and encourage those
who are underrepresented in medicine to apply.