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OU College of Medicine dean resigning

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ The dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with family, is resigning effective June 30.

Dr. Jerry Vannatta has served as dean since 1996. He will remain at the university as a member of the faculty.

``No other dean of the College of Medicine has had more major accomplishments during his tenure than Dean Vannatta,'' university President David Boren said Friday in announcing the resignation.

Vannatta, professor of internal medicine, has been a member of the OU faculty since 1979. He has served as associate provost of the OU Health Sciences Center since 1995.

``The College of Medicine is currently in excellent condition with strong leadership in departmental chairmanships,'' Vannatta said.

Boren said Dr. Dewayne Andrews will serve as interim dean after Vannatta steps down. Andrews is senior associate dean for academic affairs.
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