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Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's dean to leave position

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Marsha Rappley, who led Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s move to Grand Rapids, plans to leave her position this summer as dean to join Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and run its health system.

Rappley’s last day at MSU is Aug. 14. She’ll join VCU as vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, which includes a cancer center and children’s hospital, has more than 1,100 beds and serves more than 600,000 people annually.

“The VP/CEO position at VCU allows me to lead across five health colleges and a superb health system that is the anchor institution and safety net for the people of Richmond, Virginia. The mission and the values of VCU are very much like those of MSU, leadership and service, science and health care to improve people’s lives,” Rappley wrote today to faculty, students, alumni and supporters of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

“I tell you all of this so that you might understand my decision to leave the medical school and university that I so love, the place where I came of age as a physician, where I raised my family, and that inculcated the values and service to which I devote my life. This new opportunity, at this time in my life, is something that I must take.”

A pediatrician, Rappley was named dean of the College of Human Medicine in September 2006 as MSU was considering relocating the medical school to Grand Rapids. She oversaw that move and the development of the medical school’s campus in downtown, the $90 million Secchia Center that opened in 2010, as well as expansion of the medical school from 400 to 800 students.

Rappley now prepares to depart as MSU plans a ceremonial groundbreaking this week for an $88.1 million biomedical research center on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press headquarters in downtown.

“Marsha Rappley has been a strong leader for the College of Human Medicine and a great asset to MSU,” the university’s president Lou Anna K. Simon said. “She nurtured a shared vision of collaboration and partnership that spanned communities across Michigan and relentlessly led the college to new levels of accomplishment, ambition and momentum for the future. It is hard to fully capture the extent of the college’s extraordinary accomplishments during her tenure.”

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