National search underway for new ICOM Dean

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The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) has launched a national search for its next Dean and Chief Academic Officer (CAO), following the recent resignation of Founding Dean, Dr. Robert T. Hasty. ICOM President Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth announced the appointment of Dr. Kevin Wilson as Interim Dean/CAO on May 4. 

On May 31, ICOM’s inaugural class will complete its first year of study, and on Aug. 5, ICOM will welcome its Class of 2023 to campus. 

“We are delighted with the quality and dedication of these talented student-doctors, and likewise recognize the tremendous contributions of our talented faculty, staff, and clinical affiliates who are all doing their part to ensure the medical school’s initial and long-term success,” Farnsworth said. “We expect the college’s next Dean/CAO will build upon the sturdy foundation we have established — to enhance both local and regional partnerships — and to advance our ongoing efforts to train our region’s next generation of physicians.”

An internal committee of ICOM leaders and faculty, including well-respected external leaders in the osteopathic medical community, will screen and narrow the candidate field. In-person interviews of selected candidates will follow and will be conducted through five review panels composed of internal and external stakeholders, including: ICOM academic leaders and faculty; external key stakeholders; ICOM administrative leaders and staff; senior, external academic leaders with extensive osteopathic medical school experience; and ICOM student representatives.

Reporting directly to President Farnsworth, the dean serves as the chief academic officer of the college, and is accountable for the quality of its medical education, research and clinical service. The dean is responsible for providing administrative, strategic and visionary leadership for the college. A commitment to promoting and fostering excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, and service, is also required. 

Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and reviewed immediately. Applications should include a CV and letter of interest.

Applications can be submitted electronically via The search will continue until an appointment is made.