The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has announced the appointment of Gerry Cooper as the Associate Dean, Windsor Program, effective Sept. 1.
The Windsor native, an alumnus of the University of Windsor, is currently the Associate Dean-Learner Affairs at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).
“When I reflect about the significance of this impending move, I can see that I’ve been preparing for this over my entire 35 year career. This is an emotional move for me but the overriding feelings are excitement and anticipation,” says Cooper.
“This is such an important assignment. I truly look forward to making a contribution to the work that so many have already begun and I believe that in particular, my Northern Ontario School of Medicine experience has me well-prepared for what will follow in Windsor and southwestern Ontario.”
Cooper received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (1976) and a Master’s Degree in Education (1982) prior to receiving Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Toronto (2001). He holds academic posts as an Associate Professor, Clinical Education at NOSM and Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University.
Cooper has a proven record as a leader in the areas of health education, student affairs and research. He also has extensive administrative experience from his previous role as manager of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health –Northern Ontario Region.
“The upcoming school year will be a milestone one for our School as we graduate the first group of doctors trained entirely in Windsor,” says Schulich Dean Michael Strong. “I’m proud of this program, and I’m sure with Gerry’s leadership, we will continue to build on the excellent medical training in Windsor, as well as the collaborative relationship between Western and the University of Windsor.”