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Proposed medical school is topic of breakfast talk

Nov. 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Jack Luderer, interim dean of the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, will speak in early December at the next Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.

Photo of Dr.┬áJack Luderer, WMU.Luderer's talk, titled "WMU's School of Medicine--Moving Forward," begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Dean's Conference Room in Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. A continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. starts the event, which is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (269) 387-6059. Parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot adjacent to Schneider Hall.

Dr. Jack Luderer, a board-certified medical specialist in internal medicine with subspecialty certification in clinical pharmacology, first came to WMU in 2000 as associate vice president for research. He was named vice president for research in 2002 and remained in that position until 2005, when he was appointed executive director of the Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center. He was named to his current post in June of this year.

Prior to joining the WMU administration, Luderer was vice president of U.S. Medical Affairs at Pharmacia Corp. Before that, he worked for the Upjohn Co. and held several positions with that firm, including vice president of clinical pharmacology and vice president of clinical development.

Before joining Upjohn, Luderer was an assistant professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Miami University. He went on to earn a master's degree in organic chemistry at Miami and a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for members of the local community to hear top business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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