COLUMBIA — Richard Oliver, dean of the MU School of Health Professions, will step down from his position at the end of the 2013 spring semester, University of Missouri Provost Brian Foster announced Monday afternoon.
Oliver is the founding dean of the school, according to a release from the MU News Bureau. Oliver will start a tw0-year term as president of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in October 2013, the release said.
"I am, and will continue to be, exceedingly proud of what (the school has) accomplished," Oliver said in the release.
Oliver served as director of the School of Health Related Professions beginning in 1986 and was later named dean when the School of Health Professions was formed independently of the School of Medicine in 2000.
He has been director or dean of the school continuously for 26 years, and after years of growing enrollment, that the school is in a place to find its next leader. Oliver said he thinks the school will begin a national search for another dean starting in November.
"It's a great time to build on the great things we've done and bring in a new leader," Oliver said. "I think I've served my time, and I'd like to pursue other things."
He earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from MU, the release said. Foster said the university is indebted to Oliver for his service in educating students in health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy and speech therapy.
"Dean Oliver leaves a legacy that goes far beyond teaching, research and service," Hal Williamson, vice chancellor for health sciences at MU, said in the release. "Though Oliver's role as dean nears its end, his leadership in health professions will continue well into the future."
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