Cangellaris co-chairs search for College of Medicine's first dean


Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office

The University of Illinois announced today the establishment of a search committee to identify and attract the inaugural dean of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

“I am pleased to report that Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering, and Jon Bailey, associate medical director surgical services, program director OMFS Residency at Carle Health System, have agreed to co-chair the committee,” said Edward Feser, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. The committee’s 17 members include seven each for Carle Health System and the University of Illinois, and three external members including a local health care community leader. 

Earlier this year, the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees voted unanimously to establish the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection of engineering and medicine. It is expected to welcome its first class in 2018.

“It is a privilege to serve as Search Committee Co-chair,” said Cangellaris. “The College of Engineering is thrilled to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime endeavor to build a new and unique college of medicine, one specifically designed to train a new kind of doctor. This ground-breaking approach will integrate the University’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology, and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive health care system.”

Rashid Bashir, professor and head of the Department of Bioengineering is also a search committee member. The committee will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016. It is charged with all aspects of the search, including development of the appropriate job description, overseeing recruitment and the selection process.

“I thank the members of the committee for volunteering their time and expertise to this groundbreaking new initiative for our campus,” Feser added. “This is the first new college here in more than fifty years and the first of its kind in the nation. I’m confident this committee will help us find the right candidate to lead this effort.”

Carle Health System is the University’s clinical partner—and the primary investor with a pledge of $100 million in the first 10 years—in the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in high-quality, cost-effective and coordinated patient care.