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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dr. Henry G. Herrod, a pediatric immunologist, has been appointed dean of the University of Tennessee-Memphis College of Medicine.

UT-Memphis Chancellor Bill Rice announced the appointment, effective July 1.

“Dr. Herrod brings to the deanship a special combination of management ability and proven leadership skills that will serve the College of Medicine very well,” Rice said.

Herrod said he is excited by the opportunity the appointment represents.

“The next two to five years are going to be critical for the college and I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff as we move into the 21st Century,” Herrod said.

Herrod has served as a member of the UT-Memphis faculty since 1978. He holds the Le Bonheur professor of pediatrics, an endowed professorship funded by Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and the State of Tennessee’s Chairs of Excellence Program.

He is also vice chairman of the UT Memphis department of pediatrics.

Herrod will succeed Dr. Robert L. Summitt Sr. who announced his resignation from the dean’s position last year. Summitt continues to serve UT-Memphis as professor of pediatrics and anatomy.

An undergraduate at Princeton University, Herrod earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1972. He completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in 1974.

Contact: Claire Lowry (901-448-5544)