Monday, August 02, 2010
E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine, is announcing the retirement of one and the promotions of three outstanding leaders to new positions at the School of Medicine.
Gregory F. Handlir, M.B.A., Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Resource Management, will retire after nearly 40 years of dedicated service the School of Medicine, effective December 31. “Mr. Handlir’s contributions to the success of the medical school and the campus have been enormous and invaluable,” says Dean Reece. “He has worked with four deans of the School of Medicine. There are no words sufficient to express our gratitude to Mr. Handlir for all that he has done for the School of Medicine in guiding us successfully through the numerous challenges that have arisen, and in managing our fiscal and non-fiscal resources in a balanced manner to achieve the tremendous success we enjoy today.”
Mr. Handlir earned his B.S. in Economics and his M.B.A. from Loyola College, and first joined the School of Medicine in 1971 as assistant staff administrator in the Office of Financial Affairs. In 1973, he was promoted to Assistant Dean for Fiscal Affairs, thus becoming the youngest medical school CFO in the nation at the age of 26. In 1974-1975, he assumed the additional responsibility of Acting Assistant Director of the University of Maryland Hospital at the campus president’s request, serving during a transition period of new hospital leadership. Following his service as the Acting CFO of the hospital, Mr. Handlir developed the first centralized accounting and reporting system for the medical school’s practice plan. Mr. Handlir was promoted to Associate Dean for Finance in 1982, and to Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Resource Management in 2005.
Mr. Handlir has overseen the school’s fiscal growth from a total budget of less than $40 million in 1073, when he first became an assistant dean, to the current budget of nearly $1 billion. In 1998, Mr. Handlir led the implementation of a School-Wide Mission-Based-Management System and an All Funds Budgeting System, making the School of Medicine one of the first medical schools in the country to utilize this best business practice. He has also skillfully guided the tremendous growth in the medical school’s facilities, having overseen the construction of virtually all of the medical school’s current buildings. The medical school space has grown from 80,000 net square feet to more than 800,000 net square feet under Mr. Handlir’s tenure, and our research portfolio has increased from approximately $16 million in 1973 to nearly $1/2 billion this year. In 2001, with the assistance of a faculty advisory committee, Mr. Handlir developed a school-wide basic research space management system to evaluate and re-allocate research space on an annual basis. This system still serves today as a nationally recognized model for research space management.
Mr. Handlir has been an active and valued participant on many institutional committees, including those at the medical school, the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Baltimore and University Physicians Inc. Greg has also served as a liaison to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), serving in numerous leadership capacities of the AAMC Group on Business Affairs, rising to the level of National Chair in 1995. In addition, he has served on several national committees of the AAMC Group on Institutional Planning. He has received special honors by the AAMC for his outstanding contributions as well.
Mr. Handlir officially retired from his state position on July 1, but he has agreed to remain at the School of Medicine as a senior business advisor through the end of the calendar year to ensure a smooth transition. To help fill his role, Dean Reece has promoted three outstanding leaders.
Louisa A. Peartree, MBA, has been promoted to Associate Dean for Finance and Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2010. Ms. Peartree earned her BS degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and her MBA degree in Finance from Loyola College, Maryland.
As Associate Dean, Ms. Peartree will be responsible for the active stewardship of the School of Medicine’s complex financial resources and for efficiently managing those resources in order to support the School’s research, clinical, teaching and outreach missions. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Peartree will oversee the Medical School’s operating and capital budgeting processes, as well as financial planning, analysis, and control. In addition, she will work closely with other leadership on matters related to space management and human resources. She will also serve as a senior liaison to University Physicians, Inc. (UPI), University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical Center in order to ensure close coordination with our Campus and affiliate institutions.
Ms. Peartree served in senior financial and management positions with UPI and its joint venture practice affiliate organization, UniversityCare, LLC, from 1992-1997. She transferred to the Dean’s Office in 1998, and has been an excellent and valued member of the Dean’s Office in the School of Medicine. Louisa has served as an Assistant Dean since 2003.
Gregory Robinson, DMin, MA, has been promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Resource Management, effective July 1, 2010.
Dr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has completed programs in accounting, budgeting and executive development. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from Morgan State University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Howard University.
As Associate Dean, Dr. Robinson will be responsible for the active stewardship of the Medical School’s non-financial resources and for efficiently managing those resources in order to support the School’s research and teaching missions. He will oversee all aspects of facilities management, human resources management, academic administration and general administration. Dr. Robinson will also function as a senior liaison to the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University System of Maryland leadership, and will work in concert with the Associate Dean for Finance and Business Affairs to ensure close coordination between our physical and human resources, and our financial resources.
Dr. Robinson has been an excellent and dedicated member of the Dean’s Office in the School of Medicine since 1973, and he has served as an Assistant Dean since 1982.
William E. Tucker, MBA, CPA, has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Practice Plan Affairs, effective July 1, 2010.
Mr. Tucker graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a BS, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration, and he earned his MBA from Purdue University. Mr. Tucker is a certified public accountant (CPA), and he actively participates as a member in several healthcare and professional organizations including, among others, the Academic Practice Plan Directors Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Tucker has been an excellent leader as Chief Corporate Officer (CCO) of University Physicians, Inc., since 2006, and he will continue to serve in this leadership position. Before being appointed as CCO of UPI, Mr. Tucker served as its Director, Planning and Business Development from 2000 to 2006. During the twenty year period prior to joining UPI, he held management positions in several healthcare and other business organizations.
As Assistant Dean, Mr. Tucker will ensure that our practice plan maintains a balanced alignment with our academic, clinical and research programs and that our departmental practice plans are managed and operate in an efficient and effective manner, from a clinical service and financial perspective. He will work closely with the Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs (Dr. Frank Calia), in coordinating our clinical relationships and initiatives with the University of Maryland Medical System and the Medical Center. He will also work with other senior members of the Dean’s office, including, inter alia, the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Resource Management, and the Associate Dean for Finance and Business Affairs.
“The entire School of Medicine community congratulates Ms. Louisa Peartree, Dr. Gregory Robinson and Mr. William Tucker for their dedicated service and contributions and well deserved promotions,” said Dean Reece.
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