Liberty University is moving forward with its plans to open a medical school by the fall of 2013 with the hiring of a dean.
Dr. Ronnie Martin, who was most recently an associate and vice dean at Blacksburg’s Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, will preside as dean over the development of the new school.
Like VCOM, Liberty is seeking to open an osteopathic medical school, with accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
The Virginia Tobacco Commission recently approved a $12 million grant to support the opening of the medical school as part of a larger plan to develop a Center for Medical and Health Sciences at the university’s campus.
Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a recent university publication, that Liberty will encourage its medical students to begin their careers in underserved communities in Southwest Virginia and is considering a student loan forgiveness program as an incentive.