Introduction

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has launched a search for its eighth president to lead the College. The new president will succeed President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Schure, PhD, who announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2014. Dr. Schure joined the College as President in 2001.

The PCOM Board of Trustees, chaired since July 2004 by Paul W. McGloin, CPA, LLD (Hon.), has begun the process leading to the selection and appointment of the next president of the College.

“PCOM’s Board of Trustees has accepted President Schure’s retirement announcement with deep appreciation for his exemplary leadership and dedicated efforts on behalf of the College,” says Mr. McGloin. “His service to PCOM has helped position the College for long-term success in fulfillment of the institution’s teaching, research and service missions. He is leaving the College in good fiscal health, giving it the strength to negotiate the challenges impacting all institutes of higher learning.”

Thomas J. Gravina, executive chairman and co-founder, GPX Enterprises, L.P., and member of the PCOM Board of Trustees since November 2003, will chair the institution’s search committee. The committee, with representation of PCOM constituencies, will work in tandem with the national search firm Heidrick and Struggles, which will assist in candidate recruitment.

Mr. Gravina chairs both the Board's foundation and audit committees and is a member the finance committee. He received PCOM’s President’s Leadership Award in 2010 and has been instrumental in the support of the College’s Healthcare Centers serving more than 30,000 residents throughout the community. He pledges to approach the task with deliberate care: “As chair of the search committee, it is my charge to appoint a group that will bring a wealth of experience and a wide diversity of perspectives to this crucial task—a broadly representative group that will commit significant time and effort in fulfillment of its duty to recognize the best candidate to lead this great institution into the future.”


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