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Willamette Alumnus to Lead New California Medical School

Dr. G. Richard Olds '72 recently was appointed vice chancellor of health affairs and founding dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside.

When he begins the position in February, Olds will be leading the launch of California's first public medical school in four decades.

An internationally recognized tropical diseases authority, Olds currently is chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he leads one of the institution's largest academic departments, with 11 separate divisions and 280 faculty training more than 800 medical students, 100 residents and 70 fellows.

Olds earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Willamette, while also working summers in refugee camps in Europe. He went on to earn his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.

He serves on the World Health Organization expert committee on schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease common in tropical countries of Africa, Asia and South America.

Olds also serves on the board of a Gates Foundation initiative to de-worm children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more about Olds' appointment on the UC Riverside website.