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Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of Northern Colorado-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Colorado, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 21, 2022

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Administrative, Deans, Executive, Other Executive
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Founding Dean
University of Northern Colorado-College of Osteopathic Medicine

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.  

The inaugural 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 timeline. 

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 Phases.
    • 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 submitted.
  • 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 Colorado.
  • 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 and interests.
    • Enhancing access to healthcare, especially in rural and other underserved communities.
    • 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 workforce.
    • 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 osteopathic medicine.
  • 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 career.
  • At least five (5) years of proven experience within the last ten (10) years in academic leadership roles that includes budget management authority.


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:   


Eric Dickerson
Managing Director & Sr. Practice Leader
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
(972) 265-5245 – Direct
Email: and/or     

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 family.

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.

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