NOSM A Historical Transition in Leadership: Welcoming New Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors

Canada's first independent medical university proclaimed: NOSM University
Canada's first independent medical university proclaimed: NOSM University

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – NOSM University is entering a pivotal phase as it welcomes new leadership to its Board of Governors. The institution, renowned for its revolutionary approach to medical education in rural and Indigenous communities, is set for a significant transition.

Honouring Inaugural Leaders: Celebrating Contributions of Founding Members

The university extends heartfelt thanks to its inaugural Chair, Joy Warkentin, and Vice-Chair, Mark Hurst, for their invaluable contributions. Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean, and CEO of NOSM University, expresses profound gratitude for their leadership, particularly during the university’s transition phase.

Introducing New Leadership: Profiles of the Incoming Chair and Vice-Chair

Effective January 1, 2024, Sue LeBeau will succeed Joy Warkentin as the new Chair of the Board of Governors. LeBeau, CEO of West Nipissing General Hospital, has been an integral part of the Board since 2019. Virginia May “Mae” Katt, an Ojibway from Temagami First Nation with an extensive background in healthcare and education, will assume the role of Vice-Chair.

Search for New President and CEO: A New Chapter for NOSM University

Following Dr. Sarita Verma’s decision not to seek reappointment, the university is embarking on a search for a new President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean, and CEO. Dr. Verma, who played a critical role in NOSM’s transformation into a university, will conclude her term in June 2024. The Board of Governors is set to establish a search committee for her successor.

Reflecting on NOSM’s Impactful Journey: From Establishment to University Status

As NOSM University steps into a new era, it reflects on its history, starting as a pioneering medical school in 2005 under the leadership of Dr. Roger Strasser. Its unique focus on rural and Indigenous health has made it a model institution. The recent leadership changes mark another significant milestone in NOSM’s journey to excel in serving the healthcare needs of Northern Ontario and beyond.

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