James Thompson '66 Named Interim President of the Medical College of Georgia

James Thompson '66 Named Interim President of the Medical College of Georgia

September 3, 2009

james thompson 66 2009.jpgSeptember 3, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — James N. Thompson, M.D., a 1966 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed interim president of the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Thompson will join the MCG staff October 1 and will lead the institution until a new permament president is announced and installed. He replaces the current president, Dr. Daniel W. Rahn, who is taking over as chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Thompson resigned last year as president and chief executive officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards, which he had led since 2002. He previously served on the faculty at Wake Forest University for 23 years. He served as dean of the School of Medicine from 1994-2001 and as vice president of the University from 1997-2001. He also represented the American Medical Association on the Executive Committee of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting authority for medical education programs that lead to an M.D. East College Tower 2005.jpgdegree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. He is past chair of the governing council of the AMA's section on medical schools.

"Dr. Thompson's career encompasses both work at a medical school and on a national level overseeing medical licensing and regulatory boards," says University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. "He has an excellent understanding of and extensive experience with the rigors and skills of leading a medical research university. We are fortunate that Dr. Thompson can fill this post at this critical juncture in MCG's history."

After pre-med studies at DePauw, Dr. Thompson received his M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He was recognized with DePauw's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2006.

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