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MSU honors Dean Rappley with 2015 Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership

At the annual MSU Awards Convocation ceremony on February 10, Masha D. Rappley, MD, dean of the College of Human Medicine, was honored with the Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership. This award recognizes extraordinary and sustained institutional leadership that advances MSU's commitment to connectivity, quality and inclusion. 

Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD, is the embodiment of transformational leadership and commitment to the vision of a land grant university. For the past decade she has been a leading member of the university community, demonstrating vision and leadership in partnerships, innovation and service.

Amidst a sea of changes, including reduction in medical educational funding, an impending shortage of physicians, an imperative to increase NIH-funded research and consolidate health care, Rappley has overseen some of the most significant changes in the college’s history: a doubling of the class size, an expansion to Grand Rapids, construction of a medical education facility and the doubling of NIH-funded research.

Rappley has expanded commitment to community partnerships by leveraging the uniqueness of each community. In Grand Rapids, the emphasis is translational research, simulation and advances in medical education that have been made possible by more than a $150 million infusion from the community. Collaboration with the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Science have led to the construction of a $42 million bioengineering research building in Lansing. Her unique sensitivity to the Flint community provided the college with insight on how to out compete other universities for a $9 million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation to create community-centered research programs in Flint. In Traverse City, Midland and Marquette, she is enhancing the rural medicine program and linking to community-based researchers to set the standards for population health research.

Rappley is widely renowned for her dedication to improving the student experience. She led a national work group that developed a powerful statement on the Optimal Learning Environment for Medical Education. Her thoughtfulness earned the respect of her peers on the AAMC Council of Deans Administrative Board; and they recognized her as “dean of deans” by electing her Chair of the COD. This unique platform allows her to continue 30 years of inspiring others to dream and equipping them with the tools to succeed.

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