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As Dr. David Wilson leaves his post as the dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, he reminisced on the progress made at the school and the decision to leave it behind.
"It's obviously bittersweet," Wilson said. "I've really enjoyed my time here. I think that together with the faculty and a lot of support from the community, we've made great progress."
Wilson will take over the position of special assistant to the dean for educational development at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
"I've been gone from the University of Kentucky for 17 years, and I think the fact that they wanted me back feels kind of nice," Wilson said. "It's an opportunity for me to get closer to my daughter and granddaughter and son-in-law."
In his time in Wichita, Wilson helped oversee transitioning the facility from a two-year campus to a four-year campus. It was a two-year campus for 35 years before making the switch. He said he was proud of the faculty recruitment and the relationships made with Wichita State and Newman University.
Garold Minns has assumed the role of dean as Wilson leaves. Wilson said he is "very experienced," and the school is being left in good hands. However, there is continued work to be done.
"I think the challenges are always, No. 1, money," Wilson said. "We need additional state support to do the kind of things that I think Wichita is ready to do and capable of doing."
Wilson said that help may be on its way, as the board of regents recommended a $2.8 million budget increase for the campus.