Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. has been recommended to serve as the new dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, according to a press release. If this is approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Oct. 1, 2016.

Beauchamp is currently a professor and chairperson of the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, since 2002. He's also served as president of the UW Physician Practice, where he managed a practice of 1,600 physicians employed by the university.

“Dr. Beauchamp has a unique understanding and appreciation of the complex mission of the College of Human Medicine,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “He understands the imperative to support research in critical areas, to deliver the highest quality preparation for the next generation of physicians, and to continue to add value to the communities in which we are engaged. He aspires for the college to be a leader in each of these areas and to expand the contributions it makes to our state, our students, the profession and the quality of life of those we serve.”

Beauchamp is a graduate of the MSU College of Human Medicine and spent his first two years of medical school at the East Lansing Campus, as well as his clinical years in Grand Rapids. He received his bachelor's at MSU, and his master of health science degree from the school formerly known as Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

"An active and influential scientist with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, Beauchamp was recently recognized and honored for his demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and collaborate as the University of Washington 2016 David B. Thorud Leadership Award faculty recipient," according to the press release.