Roseman University of Health Sciences today announced the appointment of Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA as Chancellor of the University’s South Jordan, Utah, campus and Special Assistant to the President for Program Planning. He will assume the positions on July 1.
“A search committee consisting of faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees members did an extraordinarily thorough search,” said Dr. Harry Rosenberg, President of Roseman University. “After hearing input from members of the campus community and having the opportunity to meet and interview the candidates, Dr. Penn was unanimously chosen as the best individual to lead the Utah campus with his breadth of experience, vision, passion and creativity.”
The tremendous growth of Roseman’s Utah campus highlighted a need for a local high-level administrator to oversee existing programs and set the stage for future growth. As Chancellor, Dr. Penn will have both academic and fiscal oversight for all programs at Roseman’s Utah campus, as well as administrative oversight of campus operations. As Special Assistant to the President for Program Planning, Dr. Penn will assist in planning and implementing strategies for development of new academic programs at Roseman’s Utah and Nevada campuses.
Dr. Penn said, “I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Roseman University, President Rosenberg, the deans, faculty, staff and students at the South Jordan campus – as we build on the existing excellent educational foundation at Roseman and continue to effectively transform health care education to meet the health care needs of the future. My wife, Becky, and I feel blessed and excited to be invited to join the team at Roseman and to be part of the community of South Jordan and the state of Utah.”
Dr. Penn joins Roseman with more than 30 years of experience in health care and higher education. His early career experience was in private medical practice in a rural community in Ohio. Dr. Penn transitioned into health care education as the Associate Director of a Family Medicine Residency Program through the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), which changed its name in 2011 to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). He went on to serve in a variety of academic roles at NEOMED, including Undergraduate and Clerkship Director in Family Medicine, Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Program, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean, Acting President and Dean, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean.
In 2010 he was invited to lead the development of a new educational partnership between NEOMED and Cleveland State University (CSU), as Special Assistant to the President and Vice Provost for Health Affairs at CSU, and Special Advisor to the President at NEOMED.
His academic experience includes oversight of medical education, student affairs, admission, faculty affairs, faculty development, continuing professional education, human resources, graduate education, institutional effectiveness and institutional research, academic learning resources, information technology, and diversity and multicultural affairs. He has also worked extensively on curriculum development and helped build new models for interprofessional education in the health sciences. Throughout his career, Dr. Penn has been a member of numerous honorary, professional, community and university organizations, taking an active role to support faculty, student, research and academic groups in the health sciences. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, Ohio State Medical Association, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also has been actively involved with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) focusing on areas such as undergraduate medical and residency education, faculty affairs and diversity.
Dr. Penn has also received a variety of university and teaching awards. His scholarly activities have focused on teaching and innovations in curriculum development and interprofessional education, as well as understanding health disparities in communities and focusing on building partnerships to expand access to underserved populations. He has published papers and abstracts and given numerous invited presentations in these areas of scholarly interest.
In addition to scholarly pursuits, Dr. Penn has donated time and energy to community service. He has participated in Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, and has provided free patient care and medical services both in his local community at the Open M Underserved Medical Clinic, as well as abroad in the villages of Honduras.
Dr. Penn earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, and a Master of Business Administration from Regent University. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).