80 - Dr. Deb German, Founding Dean of UCF College of Medicine on Building Her Vision
Dr. Deborah German is the Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. Under her impressive leadership, the College of Medicine:
- Achieved full accreditation
- Raised funds to provide full four-year scholarships for the entire Charter class
- Built a team of over 500 faculty and staff, and
- Oversaw construction of 375,000 square feet of medical school space in the emerging Medical City at Lake Nona in Orlando.
In our discussion today, Dr. German shares how she took on this seemingly impossible task, uniting a community around this exciting vision. Deb German is also a dear friend, someone I have known since our days together at Vanderbilt where she was Associate Dean for Students and later Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education. Her passion and inclusive leadership was clear then and is palpable in our interview today.