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Dean Of Rockford's Medical School Resigning

U of I College of Medicine at Rockford

The head of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is moving on. Regional Dean Dr. Martin Lipsky announced his resignation today, after serving in the position for nearly a decade.

Lipsky says he’s leaving the school to join his wife, Darice Zaback, M.D., who is living in Portland, Oregon.

“I love my job, but nothing is more important than family.”

Lipsky plans to continue his career there by teaching and consulting.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has grown a lot during Lipsky’s tenure as Regional Dean. The most visible accomplishment is the $26-million expansion and renovation project. Other important changes include a new regional College of Pharmacy, the addition of a master’s degree program in medical biotechnology, the school’s first endowed professorships, and the development of a program to address child abuse in the region.

The search for a new regional dean is underway, with more information expected in early March. Lipsky’s last day is March 7th.

Rockford’s campus opened in 1972 and is part of the largest public medical school in the U.S., anchored at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.