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Release No: 664-05
June 30, 2005

DoD Appoints Rice as Fifth President of USU

The Department of Defense announced today that Dr. Charles L. Rice will become the fifth president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) on July 1.


Rice comes to USUHS from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, D.C., where he was the Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence. His appointment by Dr. William J. Winkenwerder, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, was approved by the secretary of defense after a nationwide search.


A retired U.S. Naval Reserve captain, Rice succeeds retired Navy Vice Adm. James A. Zimble, who held the office of the president for more than 13 years before retiring in August 2004. Rice is a Navy-trained surgeon and researcher, and professor of surgery and professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Dr. Rice brings outstanding leadership, scholarship and medical capabilities to the university, continuing its legacy of educational excellence, Winkenwerder said. With his unique combination of military and civilian medical experience, he is ideally suited to the universitys mission to provide high-quality medical education for the Military Health System and the challenges we face in the years ahead.


Prior to his position with AAMC, Rice served as UICs Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs from 1999 to 2004 and as vice dean of the College of Medicine from 1994 to 1999. In addition to his appointments at UIC, Rice has also held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.


I am deeply honored to have been selected for this important position, Rice said. It is a unique institution with outstanding school of medicine and graduate school of nursing faculty and students. This university serves an invaluable role in the healthcare of our country and the military services. I consider this to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to merge my academic, military and public policy interests

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