COLUMBIA — Rachel Brown, associate dean for student programs and professional development at the MU School of Medicine, stepped down from her position on Friday.

Brown oversaw admissions, student services and curriculum initiatives in the position, which she has held since 2006. School of Medicine spokeswoman Mary Jenkins said Brown will retain her position at the medical school as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Laine Young-Walker, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, will fill the associate dean position beginning Tuesday, Jenkins said. Young-Walker graduated from the MU School of Medicine in 1997 and joined the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2009.

Young-Walker is chief of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and a member of the MU Faculty Council Committee on Race Relations. She will step down from her position as vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry when she takes her new position on Tuesday.

Jenkins declined to comment on the terms of Brown’s transition, citing the school’s policy of not discussing personnel matters.

The School of Medicine's most recent accreditation report in June flagged problems with its diversity and treatment of students. The school must submit an action plan to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education by December detailing the steps it will take to improve.

“Together with her colleagues in the Office of Medical Education and the entire School of Medicine, Dr. Brown has worked hard to address these issues, and the School of Medicine has made significant progress in these areas,” Jenkins said.

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