Harris Search Associates Recruits Founding Dean for Xavier University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

November 28, 2023 – Following an extensive national search that included a highly competitive candidate pool from across the country, Harris Search Associates has placed Steven Halm as founding Dean of the Xavier University proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, which slated to become the nation’s first Jesuit osteopathic medicine school opening its doors to students in 2027. “Xavier is gaining a proven leader, dedicated teacher and student-centered professional who has demonstrated exceptional innovation throughout his career,” said Colleen Hanycz, president of Xavier University. “Dr. Halm’s deep understanding of the complexities of medical education, the opportunities that this college will present for our region and in how these opportunities align with our Jesuit Catholic mission and identity make him an excellent choice to head our College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are thrilled that he has accepted this opportunity to affirm Xavier University as a national leader in mission-driven, health sciences education.”

“Our mission of offering a premier education for osteopathic medicine students begins with bringing in the right faculty and staff to guide those students,” said Rachel Chrastil, provost and chief academic officer. “With today’s announcement, we are off to a tremendous start. Dr. Halm’s motivations for becoming a physician and an educator align perfectly with Xavier’s value of caring for the whole person. He is the right person to lead this effort as we prepare to provide students with the wrap-around services and world-class care that will help them become great physicians.”

Dr. Halm joins Xavier after four years as dean of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His career to date also includes key leadership roles at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, NC, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, and Cone Health in Greensboro and Reidsville, NC, plus 20 years of direct patient care as a physician.

“The opportunity to lead and educate future generations of physicians has brought me incredible meaning and fulfillment throughout my career,” said Dr. Halm. “Today, I am inspired and excited to take on that mission here at Xavier as the founding dean of the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. I will serve as a pragmatic, thoughtful, engaging and collaborative leader of the college, and help our future doctors prepare for lives of honesty, character and service to others.”

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Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, annually ranked among the nation’s best universities. It is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide. 

An IIC Partners Member Firm

Harris Search Associates, an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global higher education executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 44 offices in 33 countries worldwide. The firm’s higher education executive search practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine, and healthcare enterprises. Clients include leading universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery. Founded in 1997, Harris Search Associates was modeled after the first premier management consulting firms, In addition to its Ohio headquarters, the firm has regional offices in San Francisco and Dallas.

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Jeffrey Harris is the founder of the firm and leads the higher education, academic medicine, and healthcare administration practices. Prior to establishing the firm in 1997, Mr. Harris worked five years for a leading retained executive search firm where he concentrated on senior assignments on behalf of leading engineering, research, and health sciences clients. He is the global leader of the IIC Partners higher education/academic medicine practice, and from 2010 to 2013, was appointed to the board of IIC Partners as vice-chair for the Americas.

Recent clients include Michigan State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin, University at Buffalo, Vanderbilt University, Oakland University, University of South Florida, University of Nebraska, Vanderbilt University, Kansas State University, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Meharry Medical College, and Oregon Health & Science University.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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