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Since our beginning nearly 40 years ago, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been guided by its founding idea: To train excellent osteopathic physicians who serve Ohio’s communities of greatest need, especially in primary care fields.

With the 2011 transformational award of $105 million from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, we embarked on a period of growth and renewal. Our initiatives have been built upon our strengths and the beliefs we have championed since our founding. They deliver on our promise of advancing our mission to meet the challenges of successfully preparing the next generation of physician leaders.

Our strategic planning process began in 2012-2013 bringing the college community together, which focused our growth and renewal efforts. The 2015-2017 plan that emerged from this process provides a strategic road map as we develop new campuses, advance our research and community care programs, and strengthen the curriculum and programs in our clinical campus system.

In late 2016, we began developing a new plan using our 2015-2017 Heritage College Strategic Plan as the foundation to ensure our continuing success in training primary care physicians for Ohio. An experienced consulting firm facilitated the process. Our students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders participated in interviews, planning sessions and surveys to provide valuable feedback as we assessed the existing plan and determined our new goals.

We retained the four priorities of the 2015-2017 strategic plan: Transformative Education, Collaborative Research, Community Impact and All-Campus Success. All-Campus Success now has two parts – Workplace Excellence and Operational Excellence – and we added a new priority, Optimized Student Experience. These five priorities support a common goal: To increase the proportion of our graduates who enter primary care practice, especially in Ohio.

Strategic planning and review is a continuous, multifaceted process. Progress and updates for strategic priorities are gathered on a regular basis from each of the five team leads. The Executive Dean's Strategy Team and Executive Committee reviews the strategic priorities and are informed of progress and updates. The current overall strategic plan, including goals and objectives, is available on the website for all Heritage College faculty and staff to review and provide feedback/comments. In addition, the Heritage College's internal processes and its continuous improvement plan around meeting the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) standards play an important role in ensuring our strategic plan is on track. As we move forward, we will implement initiatives and continue to refine our plans by identifying objectives and key performance measures.

Executive Dean's Strategy Team

The purpose of the Executive Dean’s Strategy Team is to implement the strategic plan of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Strategy Team serves in an advisory role to the Executive Dean on all matters relating to the College’s strategy and strategic plan, including development, review and evaluation of policies, plans and processes. For questions and suggestions concerning the college strategic plan, please contact any member of the Strategy Team.


Kenneth Johnson, D.O.
Executive Dean, Heritage College

Isaac Kirstein, D.O.
Dean, Heritage College, Cleveland

Bill Burke, D.O.
Dean, Heritage College, Dublin

Beth Longenecker, D.O.
Dean, Heritage College, Athens

Darlene Berryman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Research and Innovation;

Wayne Carlsen, D.O.
Interim Associate Dean, Clinical Education

John Schriner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs

Jody Gerome Zuchowski, D.O.
Associate Dean, Curriculum

Karen Montgomery-Reagan, D.O.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Jack Ramey, D.O.
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Interim Chair, Department of Specialty Medicine

Tom Rosol, DVM, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Tracy Shaub, D.O.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Stevan Walkowski, D.O.
Chair, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Nagesh Rao, Ph.D.
Special Advisor, Inclusion
Chair, Social Medicine

Susan Williams, Ph.D.
Special Advisor, Faculty Affairs

Amy Zidron, D.O.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Elected Faculty Chair

Beth Maxon, PHR
Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Administrative Services

Shelley Ruff, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Services

PJ Murphy, M.A.
Chief External Relations Officer

Tanisha King-Taylor, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Rachael Crouch, M.A.
Chief of Staff

Kathy Brooks, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

Jill Breeze, M.Ed.
Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Strategic Plan 2018-2021

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