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Nov 30, 2012 12:50 PM by Q2 News

Dr. Robert Wilmouth named interim Rocky Mountain College President

Dr. Robert Wilmouth will become interim president at Rocky Mountain College January 1, 2013. The announcement was made today by RMC Board Chair Carl A. Hansen.

Dr. Wilmouth has long experience as a professor, director and administrator, spanning a career as a medical doctor specializing in cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery.

"Dr. Wilmouth was instrumental in reviving our Physician Assistant program, making it one of the best in the region. With his background and experience, we believe he will serve well as our interim president while we conduct a national search for a permanent president," Hansen said.

RMC has contracted with AGB Search to conduct the presidential search. The Washington, D.C.-based company assists colleges and universities with recruiting, selection and transitioning new executive leaders.

"I welcome this opportunity to be of further service to an outstanding college. I am excited with the potential to help Rocky become an even better college and want to do whatever I can to advance that effort," Dr. Wilmouth said.

Dr. Wilmouth will fill the position vacated by Michael R. Mace, who announced his retirement in September.

Dr. Wilmouth has been director of the physician assistant program since 2008. While his career was chiefly spent as a doctor, surgeon and medical director, he also has extensive experience in higher education. He served on the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass., was a clinical instructor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York University, and the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He was named Outstanding Teacher in Family Practice by the American Academy of Family Physicians and was presented the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Resident Teacher in Surgery at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Wilmouth earned his bachelor's degree at Notre Dame University, did postgraduate studies at Department of Microbiology at Chicago's Roosevelt University and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He also studied computer science with the IBM Corporation and completed a medical officer basic course at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

His involvement in community organizations includes serving on the board of directors for Riverstone Health, United Way of Yellowstone County, American Heart Association of Yellowstone County, as well as the boards of numerous national health organizations, including Regional Node, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Board of Directors, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation of Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii.

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