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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 12/ 4/2010

GWU med-school official takes sabbatical

By Daniel de Vise

John F. "Skip" Williams, senior vice provost and second-highest-compensated employee of George Washington University, will take a year-long sabbatical starting in January, the university announced late Friday.

As reported in The Washington Post the other day, numerous sources reported that the two top administrators of the GWU medical school were being pulled from their positions amid an internal review.

Medical school Dean James Scott had already announced he was stepping down and returning to a tenured faculty position in January.

Sources said top university officials -- presumably higher than either Scott or Williams -- orchestrated the two men's departure. Williams told staffers he was no longer wanted in his position. Scott reportedly was pressured to step aside.

Williams was the second-highest-compensated GWU official after President Steven Knapp for the fiscal year ending June 2009, with total compensation of $912,839, according to the university's most recent tax returns. He is responsible for the administration and oversight of GWU's Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Services, and the School of Nursing. Scott's total compensation was $567,435.

Friday's release said Williams "notified President Steven Knapp of his intention to
begin a year-long sabbatical in January 2011."

Williams has served the medical center for more than 20 years.

Knapp said, "We are all deeply indebted to Dr. Williams for his
dedicated leadership of the Medical Center and his contributions both to the
university and to the broader community here in the nation's capital."

The shuffling follows completion of the first phase of the internal review of the medical center by an external entity, BDC Advisors, requested by trustees.

The university is beginning a second phase, which reportedly involves the medical center's "future structure, vision and strategy."

Review findings were released to the GWU community Friday Thursday at this address.

Recommendations include eliminating Williams's job as a separate position and having the medical school dean report directly to the provost.

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By Daniel de Vise  | December 4, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags:  GWU medical school, George Washington medical school, James Scott GWU, Skip Williams GWU  
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