Final approval was given this past week by the University of California for what will become the state’s sixth UC medical school. Set to open in 2012 at UC Riverside, the new school will be the first public medical school established in California in over 40 years and will build upon the current UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences established at UCR in 1974.
Approval of the school comes during the first week in office for new UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White, who is taking the reigns from acting chancellor Robert D. Grey. White says searching for a “highly regarded pioneer in the medical field” to lead the medical school will begin immediately.
Formerly the president of University of Idaho, White was hired in May by the UC Board of Regents to replace France A. Cordova, who became president at Purdue University last July. Cordova was instrumental in launching the initial planning for UCR’s medical school in 2003.
The program will use existing facilities upon opening in 2012 with construction of a new medical school complex planned to begin in 2010. The complex will be located on 40 acres at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Chicago Avenue at the western edge of the UCR campus. Completion and occupancy of the new complex is expected by 2015.
- Riverside Press-Enterprise – UCR medical school wins UC Board of Regents’ final OK (July 18)
- UCR – School of Medicine
- RaincrossSquare.com – Regents endorse med school for UCR (Nov. 2006)
Sources: UC Riverside, The Press-Enterprise