University Administration Expands to Fulfill Goals of the 21st Century

Three new top University posts have been created and filled, culminating a decade of enormous expansion and growth for St. George’s. These appointments signal the University’s commitment to developing an increasing number of programs, educational opportunities, and academic partnerships in the region and the world. They will allow the University to effectively and positively further its goals of international academic excellence in the 21st century.

The creation of the Office of the Provost is of major significance as it clearly manifests the exciting expansion of the University and its need for University unity and coherent direction with its many schools and programs. Allen H. Pensick, PhD has been named as University Provost, effective July 2004. “This realignment and restructuring of academic administration at the University makes it much easier for external people and institutions to understand us and work with us – an important factor in our development as a global institution,” Dr. Pensick said. “The new structure is also a big benefit internally as the Provost has more authority to implement University initiatives quickly, facilitating rapid and smooth transitions as the University continues to grow.”

As Provost Dr. Pensick is the chief academic point person for the University both externally and internally, responsible for faculty, academic staff, and academic programs. All academic negotiations and initiations by outside institutions, governments, and people will work through this new office. Dr. Pensick, who has been a member of the faculty at St. George’s University since 1984, is among the large number of dynamic faculty and administrators who actively seek connections with programs, scholars, and educational and research institutions in the region and around the world.

Dr. Pensick’s vision for the future is that the University will continue to grow and expand in areas that will meet the needs of the local and regional communities and will continue to be an international university with a diverse population of excellent students and faculty from around the world.

The University’s creation of the Office of Institutional Advancement is another signal to the academic world that St. George’s is serious about the development of its educational and research programs within the academic world and the implementation of its mission to aid in regional educational excellence. Denis Paul, PhD, noted educator, has been named as the first Director of this office, effective July 1, 2004. “The creation of this office and my assignment as Director of Institutional Advancement gives me the opportunity to examine the future of the University,” Dr. Paul said. “I’ll be looking for opportunities for growth and expansion by understanding where we’ve been successful in the past and where we can be successful in the future.”

In his new role, Dr. Paul directs the University’s efforts in external funding for University development and quality assurance for educational and research programs. He is working on building and strengthening external relationships between the University and the Government of Grenada, international and regional institutions, donor and development agencies, and professional associations, and is working with the Alumni Association to facilitate their role in fostering the University’s relationship with the international network of alumni in all schools of the University.

“St. George’s University is a strong institution and has enjoyed much success for the past 25 years,” he said. “We need to take a constant look at where we we’re going and where we can expand to ensure that we’re keeping up with the changing times.”

The re-institution of the title Dean of the School of Medicine reflects both the maturation of the SOM and the growth of the University administrative levels which will allow the SOM administration to focus on the exciting developments in the school necessary for medicine in the 21st century. Stephen Weitzman, MD, long time Dean of Clinical Studies at St. George’s, has been appointed Dean of the School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2004. Dr. Weitzman will continue to build on the University’s commitment to excellence and its tradition of attracting dedicated students from all over the world. “Our commitment to excellence is not only about academics. It is about developing ethical principles and a certain altruism among our students and faculty,” Dr. Weitzman said. “We want to not only teach medicine but professionalism as well.”

In his new position, he hopes to instill in the SGU students a sense that medicine is about safety in caring for patients and that the mission of a physician is to help people and treat diseases. In cooperation with the basic science administration, he will pursue a thorough integration of education in ethics and professionalism throughout the entire medical curriculum, from basic to clinical sciences.

This appointment brings Dr. Weitzman into the University Council of Deans (UCD) which meets each month with the Chancellor in attendance to discuss University-wide and inter-School matters. It will be a benefit to the UCD to have Dr. Weitzman’s years of clinical program experience in the University discussions. Dr. Weitzman will continue his work in the clinical program at the University in addition to his new deanship position. “The University functions very well as a team,” Dr. Weitzman said, “With talented and committed deans working so well together for so many years, it has developed into a collective leadership body, enabling me to continue to guide the program and take on new responsibilities.”

Published on 10/06/2004