By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Dr. Edward J. Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, announced today that he will step down as dean at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2013.
Wing, who has served as dean since 2008, led the Alpert Medical School during a period of unprecedented growth, including its relocation to a new campus in the Jewelry District.
Under Wing’s leadership, said Brown President Christina Paxson, “the Alpert Medical School has grown and expanded into a home in the Jewelry District, closer to teaching hospitals, with the promise of new opportunities for community development, economic growth, and institutional collaboration.”
Wing said he intends to remain at Brown as a faculty member, but will take a sabbatical leave after stepping down as dean.
Brown said it is in the process of organizing a national search for Wing’s successor under the direction of Provost Mark Schlissel, himself a physician. “This is a significant appointment in an area of great importance not just to the Brown, but also to our teaching hospital partners and for the quality of health care offered to the citizens of Providence and Rhode Island,” Schlissel said.
“I have been privileged to serve the Alpert Medical School of Brown University for the last 14 years, first as chair of medicine and for the last four-and-a-half years as dean,” Wing said. “I predict even greater success for the school in future years.”