Rochester Dean Hired To Lead Case Western

CLEVELAND (AP) - The dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was appointed Thursday as the new president of Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western's board of trustees unanimously elected Dr. Edward Hundert (pictured, right) to replace David Auston, who abruptly quit in April after two years over a dispute with the board.

Charles Bolton, who chairs the trustee board, said Hundert has an innovative reputation.

"Edward Hundert brings extensive leadership experience in higher education, together with extraordinary achievements as an innovator in education and research," Bolton said.

Hundert, 45, is a psychiatrist with degrees in medicine, philosophy and mathematics.

Hundert told The Plain Dealer Wednesday night he was thrilled to have the chance to lead a "great research university." He said he hoped to establish Case Western as a leader in education and research.

"One of the things that excites me is the opportunity for the university to partner with Cleveland, crossing boundaries and forming unique partnerships," said Hundert, who will start this summer.

Hundert follows Jim Wagner, who has been Case Western's interim president since Auston left.

Wagner, who was a candidate for the permanent appointment, said he plans to remain at the university. He had been provost and vice president.

Hundert has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University, a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from England's Oxford University and a Harvard University medical degree.

Hundert was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 17 years. For six straight years, Harvard medical school graduates voted him the faculty member who had done the most for their class.

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