Craig Lenz, DO, FAODME, Named Dean of COMP

Pomona, CA - 08/08/2000 -- Craig Lenz, DO, FAODME, has been named Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at Western University of Health Sciences as a conclusion to a national search and recommendation from the search committee.

"Dr. Lenz has the skill, knowledge, ability and desire to lead the College to a new level," said George Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, executive vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. "He has an extensive background in both medicine and education and he has already proven himself a leader at Western University."

Formerly an emergency department physician at Redington-Fairview Hospital in Maine, Lenz said he has always been interested in the academic side of medicine. He served for more than 10 years as a clinical clerkship coordinator for the Area Health Education program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and also worked as the osteopathic director of medical education for the family practice residency program at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

"Working with faculty and students at a dynamic and growing institution such as COMP has been a real opportunity, and I look forward to leading the College in preparing the health care teams of tomorrow," Lenz said. He noted that the University is in a strong financial position, is in the midst of building a new library and learning resources center, and has strong applicant pools for all its programs. The University is continually adding new faculty and staff.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific now enrolls 176 medical students in each class. "What makes Western University distinctive is its commitment to preparing physicians and other health professionals who are not only skilled, but also compassionate," he added.

Lenz said one of his top goals as dean is to expand the number of clinical rotations available for students in the greater Los Angeles area. He also plans to work closely with deans of Western University's other Colleges to ensure that the University prepares health care professionals to work as a team. "As the health care industry evolves, teamwork is becoming more important-our graduates have an advantage because they are trained to think in those terms from the beginning." According to Dr. Charney, a selection committee recommended Dr. Lenz for dean position after seeing him in action as assistant dean.

"Dr. Lenz is an educator and a healer, and that combination has been a welcome addition to our University," Dr. Charney said.

Dr. Lenz earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and was in a master's program in counseling psychology at the University of Pennsylvania prior to entering medical school. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and holds membership with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Academy of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME). He was elected to fellowship in AODME about 10 years ago.

He is currently living in Alta Loma, and enjoys scuba diving and power boating. He and his wife have three grown children.

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