Dr. Dwight E. McLeodA.T. Still University (ATSU) has announced Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS, as the new dean of its Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) effective July 18, 2016. Dr. McLeod received his doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry, certificate in general practice dentistry from the Veteran Administration Health Center in Washington, D.C., and master of science degree and certificate in periodontics from University of Iowa School of Dentistry.

A faculty member for Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine since 1995, Dr. McLeod is currently professor and chair for the Department of Applied Dental Medicine and section head of Periodontology. In addition, Dr. McLeod is a member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Missouri Dental Society, St. Louis Dental Society, American Board of Periodontology, and Midwest Society of Periodontology.

In 2000, Dr. McLeod founded the Jamaica Dental Mission which operates three clinics in western Jamaica. More than 16,000 patients have received dental care though this mission.

“Dr. McLeod’s professional and leadership experiences match the University’s mission of producing highly competent health professionals and serving the underserved,” said ATSU’s Senior Vice President-Academic Affairs Norman Gevitz, PhD.

Dr. McLeod will help lead ATSU-MOSDOH’s Kirksville campus and the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic at 1500 Park Avenue.

Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, will continue to serve as interim dean of ATSU-MOSDOH until July 18.


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BA0B6662Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, dean, A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), has been appointed the interim dean of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) effective May 10, 2016. Dr. Altman’s appointment follows the retirement announcement of current ATSU-MOSDOH Dean Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH.

“Dr. Altman understands the University’s mission and ATSU-MOSDOH,” says ATSU’s Senior Vice President–Academic Affairs  Norman Gevitz, PhD. “We are pleased Dr. Altman has accepted this interim assignment and confident his knowledge and career experiences will help him continue to advance our Missouri-based dental program until a new dean is named.”

A dentist with more than 30 years of public health and community health center experience, Dr. Altman joined ATSU in 2006. Since then, he has served as chair of the Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program with ATSU-CGHS and as director of public health with ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. He operated five group practices in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 100 employees. In addition, he is a review team member and site visitor for the Council on Dental Accreditation.

“I look forward to working with the great ATSU-MOSDOH students, faculty, and staff who have worked so hard to bring this new dental school to the state of Missouri,” says Dr. Altman. “I am confident we will continue to work together to provide a quality education so these future dentists can go into communities and make a difference.”

Dr. Altman will relocate to Kirksville and St. Louis and serve in the interim position until a new dean is selected. Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, associate dean of academics and assessment, will assume the role of acting dean for ATSU-CGHS effective May 10, 2016.


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Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, FACOI, CS, has been selected to lead A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), effective Jan. 1, 2016. He succeeds Kay Kalousek, DO, who served as the School’s dean since 2012.

“Dr. Morgan is an excellent choice to lead one of our nation’s most innovative medical schools,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “His commitment to educating tomorrow’s quality healthcare leaders is unwavering.”

Dr. Morgan joined ATSU-SOMA’s faculty in 2013 as associate professor of internal medicine and public health as well as chair of clinical science education, chair of the Student Performance Committee, and acting director of the Clinical Education department.

Dr. Morgan received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1988, doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, and master’s degree in bioethics from Midwestern University in 2008.

In addition, he completed the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship program in 2002; and in 2015, he completed an academic program with Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators, which is specifically designed for osteopathic medical personnel involved in teaching and academic management as well as those aspiring to a career in medical academe. Dr. Morgan has also served as past president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) and currently serves as speaker of the House of Delegates for the same association. In 2013, he was honored as AOMA Physician of the Year.

Prior to joining ATSU-SOMA, Dr. Morgan was a primary care physician in Arizona during which time he held and continues to hold active leadership roles in national, state, and local professional and community service organizations.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this distinguished position,” said Dr. Morgan. “I look forward to carrying forward the mission of ATSU-SOMA as well as the University alongside a dedicated team who makes it their priority to address the unmet healthcare needs of our nation’s underserved.

My goals as dean include furthering our engagement with ATSU’s community health center partners to reach an even greater number of those in need; bring awareness and expansion to the University’s Hometown Scholars program, which encourages medical school applicants who come from underserved areas; and increase the number of primary care physicians to serve in those underserved communities.”


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President's Perspective September 2015

A season of gratitude

In late September I wore my ATSU shirt out to dinner. While dining, a young couple slowly and respectfully advanced toward the table. At first I thought perhaps I dropped something or worse spilled something (think tomato soup), and they were graciously interceding to avoid future embarrassment on my behalf. As you can imagine it would not have been the first time I had literally made a mess in public or walked out without my cell phone, keys, or glasses.

Pausing, hesitantly I looked up and made eye contact. To my delight, and relief, one of the two is a CEO of a Kansas community health center and happened to notice my shirt. They both wanted to express how much they each enjoy a new ATSU graduate working at their community health center. Well prepared, compassionate, hardworking, a delight to work with, all descriptions expressed by the couple as they enthusiastically endorsed ATSU and our graduate. Thanking them for taking time to come over, I also responded all credit really goes to the student, faculty, and staff. I also promised I would let our ATSU family know how much our graduate is appreciated.

As the holiday season gets underway, it is a perfect time to reflect on the many wonderful things our graduates, students, faculty, and staff do every day to make the world a healthier, happier place. Like the couple willing to take a few extra minutes to express gratitude, I would like to thank you for your gracious support of ATSU. By the way, the community health center mentioned above would like to hire more ATSU graduates, and the CEO is making plans to attend one of ATSU’s recruitment events.

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

At your convenience, please click on the link below to view ATSU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

View ATSU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

A special thank you to the Strategic Planning Committee members for taking time out of their busy schedules and completing excellent and meaningful work. Also, thank you to Board of Trustees members, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external stakeholders who contributed to the plan.

March 2016 kick-off celebrations will be held on each campus and virtually to thank everyone involved.

Update on 2015-16 annual goals

Improve life-work balance
The Life-Work Balance Committee has solicited input from employee and student focus groups for ideas to enhance life-work balance at ATSU. Suggestions are being compiled and prioritized and costs are being determined. The committee plans to have recommendations available in spring 2016.

Create a simplified access point for University data distribution
Information Technology Services and Academic Affairs are making excellent progress determining common data sets needed by multiple constituencies throughout ATSU. Tableau has been selected as the inaugural software interface. Expect campus and virtual demonstrations in spring 2016.

Refine ATSU’s vision of preeminence
Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president-academic affairs, and O.T. Wendel, PhD, senior vice president for strategic initiatives, continue working to clarify the board-approved vision statement to be “the preeminent University for the health professions.” To help the University community understand and embrace ATSU’s movement from excellence to preeminence, Drs. Gevitz and Wendel will be meeting with key stakeholders (e.g., University Student Association, University Faculty Senate, University Staff Council, etc.) to solicit input.


ATSU’s Teaching and Learning Center debuted SparkTank on the Kirksville, Mo., campus November 18. The competition featured six presentations to a panel of judges and an audience of more than 60 faculty, staff, and students. Individuals and teams pitched their innovative ideas about teaching and learning, and the winners received $5,000 to fund their projects.

SparkTank competition held in Kirksville, MO

Jess Roland, OMS I, and a team comprised of Seth McIntire, OMS I, and Shannon McAllister,
OMS I, won top honors and received funding for their respective projects. McIntire and
McAllister presented in two separate categories and received funding for both proposals.

The next SparkTank competition will be held February 24 on the Mesa, Ariz., campus.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of November 30, 2015)

Congratulations on recent promotions
Please read the complete list of employee promotions (pdf).

Accomplishment kudos
Please read the complete list of accomplishment kudos (pdf).

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones
Please read the complete list of employee anniversaries (pdf).

In closing

Wishing you a happy holiday season and healthy new year.

Yours in service,





Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84


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New schools will join AMA to reshape how future physicians are trained and improve health outcomes

A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) was selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) to join the Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, a dynamic group of medical schools which share best practices and ideas for developing innovative curricula that can ultimately be implemented in medical schools across the country.

ATSU-SOMA was nominated by AMA because of its approach to incorporating comprehensive community-based projects as part of its curriculum, empowering students to actively learn to assess needs of the community through their second, third, and fourth year of medical school education while embedded in one of ATSU-SOMA’s 12 community health center (CHC) campuses.

The announcement was made by AMA’s CEO James Madara, MD, and Susan Skochelak, MD, group vice president for medical education. AMA announced a total of 20 leading medical schools from across the country, all of which landed a spot on the Association’s consortium, and were awarded a three-year grant totaling $75,000.

“ATSU is thankful for and looks forward to collaborating with consortium partners in developing innovative learning experiences to improve medical education ultimately resulting in healthier individuals and communities,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84.

According to AMA, the 20 new schools will build upon projects created by the 11 schools awarded grants by AMA in 2013 and ultimately impact thousands of medical students across the nation currently being trained to care for patients in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. With the added schools, the now 31 school consortium will support training for an estimated 18,000 medical students who will one day care for 31 million patients each year.

“Consortium membership will enable us to spotlight successful teaching strategies, enhance support for individual community projects, and dedicate additional resources to evaluating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes resulting from this contextual innovation, “said principal investigator, Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, professor of internal medicine and public health, chair, ATSU-SOMA Department of Public Health. “I appreciate this opportunity very much and look forward to sharing with, and learning from, the other members of the consortium. This cross-pollination will be invaluable for creating the providers of the future.”

Through a competitive grant process, schools were selected from among 170 eligible U.S. medical schools by a national advisory panel, which sought proposals that would significantly redesign medical education. This is the first year an osteopathic medical school could apply to the initiative.


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