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Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

UMKC loses 6th dean in the last year

Chancellor says new leadership needed in School of Biological Sciences

June 6, 2001

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— The dean for biological sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been fired, making him the sixth dean to leave since Chancellor Martha Gilliland arrived at the school a little over a year ago.

Marino Martinez-Carrion is credited with attracting respected researchers and millions of dollars in grants to the School of Biological Sciences since it opened in 1985. He will leave the dean's post on June 30.

Gilliland discussed her decision in a meeting Monday afternoon with about 100 of the school's teachers and researchers, but she did not say specifically why Martinez-Carrion was leaving.

Gilliland said she expected the university's leaders to promote teaching and research excellence, support the university as a whole, have a professional demeanor with colleagues, and cooperate with people at the university and in the broader community. Martinez-Carrion, she said, was reminded of those expectations last fall and had not met all of them.

"I need new leadership in the school. Period," she said.

The university is now searching for seven deans. Only four schools on campus have the same dean they had before Gilliland arrived in April 2000.

Besides Martinez-Carrion, the deans for education, music, business, medicine, and arts and sciences have left. Gilliland also created a new School for Interdisciplinary Computing and Engineering, for which she must hire a leader.

Martinez-Carrion attended Monday's meeting. He told professors in the School of Biological Sciences that he and Gilliland had "agreed to disagree."

The professors had voted 41-0 in a secret ballot Monday to ask Gilliland to change her mind, saying they supported Martinez-Carrion's leadership.

Martinez-Carrion is known for being forthright and fighting doggedly for resources and attention for the School of Biological Sciences.

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