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New leaders fill posts on health sciences campus

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, February 2, 2019

A pair of administrators named to new roles will bolster leadership on ECU’s health sciences campus, the university announced this week.

Michelle Brooks, who was director of strategic initiatives in the chancellor’s office, now is chief of staff for the health sciences division, working directly with Vice Chancellor Mark Stacy. 

Cedric M. Bright, associate dean for inclusive excellence at the UNC School of Medicine, has been named associate dean for admissions for the Brody School of Medicine.

Brooks began her new role in December, a news release said. As the principal aide to Stacy, she will represent him as needed with internal and external stakeholders, spearhead institutional priorities on behalf of the vice chancellor and oversee all operations of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, including management of staff, budgets, administration, policies and procedures.

“Michelle brings to this position a wealth of institutional knowledge and expertise in strategy and administration,” Stacy said in the release.

As a member of the chancellor’s executive leadership team, she focused on internal matters of strategic importance to ECU and served as an external liaison for the university with local, state, regional and national constituencies.

Before joining ECU, Brooks was vice president of community benefit and government affairs for University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina (now Vidant Health) and then the vice president of community benefit for Vidant Health.

She earned her bachelor’s in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in nursing administration from ECU.

Bright will step into the role currently held by Dr. James Peden, who will become associate dean for admissions emeritus effective Feb. 1 and will remain a tenured professor at Brody.

Bright also will serve as a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Bright has served on the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 2011. He also has served as assistant dean for admissions, director of the Office of Special Programs and director of pipeline programs. He previously was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Duke University.

“We are certainly fortunate to have Dr. Bright join us, bringing his talent, energy and outstanding work in medical school admissions and diversity,” said Stacy, who also is dean of Brody. “We look forward to his expertise helping to lead our efforts to ensure the success of tomorrow’s physicians for North Carolina.”

In conjunction with Bright’s efforts to diversify the student body of the UNC School of Medicine, he has led UNC’s Medical Education Development (MED) program, a summer program that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds training and preparation for success in medical or dental school. The program began in 1974 and is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Since 2004, the MED program has seen more than 1,200 participants, with more than 50 percent gaining entrance into a graduate program. Of the participants, 212 have gone on to become doctors, 90 have become dentists and 124 have graduated with a Master of Science degree.

Bright served as the 112th president of the National Medical Association and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and National Medical Fellowships Inc.

He was featured in the 2015 AAMC report “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine” and participated in a National Academy of Science forum addressing the lack of black males in medicine.

He has also led numerous workshops on workforce diversity. In 2017, Bright earned an Award for Distinguished Service in the Health Field from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.

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