Chancellor Zimpher Names Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood Officer-In-Charge of Upstate Medical University

November 5, 2013

Syracuse — Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today named Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood officer-in-charge of SUNY Upstate Medical University effective immediately. Dr. Eastwood previously served as president of Upstate from 1993-2006.

Due to an ongoing review of compensation issues at Upstate Medical University, as well as recent health issues, Upstate President Dr. David Smith will be on leave from his duties at this time. The review is an ongoing personnel matter, and the Chancellor and Board of Trustees will await any findings from that review before taking any other actions as may be appropriate.

“While SUNY moves quickly to complete its review and Dr. Smith focuses on his health, it is important that patients and students at Upstate have strong, uninterrupted leadership and Dr. Eastwood is uniquely qualified to fill this role,” said Chancellor Zimpher.

“I am honored to take this leadership position, alongside the many faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who comprise Upstate Medical University and make it such a fine institution of learning, clinical care, and research,” said Dr. Eastwood.

About Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood

Dr. Eastwood is a University Professor, one of the highest honors SUNY can bestow, and served as President for 13 years at SUNY Upstate Medical University between 1993 and 2006, and previously was the Dean of the Medical College of Georgia (1989-1992).

In his capacity as University Professor he is a member of the Upstate faculty, teaching and pursuing scholarship in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Following his departure from Upstate Medical University in 2006, Dr. Eastwood served as Interim President of Case Western Reserve University, where his term ended in July 2007.

Dr. Eastwood also served as Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and as an advisor to the new Case Western Reserve University president, until June 2008.

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