Dr. German will continue to serve as dean for the College of Medicine and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. In her new role as vice president, she also will oversee the college’s medical practice plan and coordinate other medical initiatives.

“By any measure, Dr. German has exceeded our expectations in not just building the UCF medical school, but making it a national model for universities around the country,” President Hitt said. “This new role will allow Dr. German the opportunity to bring her skill, dedication and enthusiasm to bear on medical and healthcare projects that will benefit our university and community.”

The UCF College of Medicine is the centerpiece of a “medical city” at Lake Nona, which has become the primary driver of economic development in Central Florida. An economic study shows that the College of Medicine and medical city could, by year 10 of the study, have a $7.6 billion regional economic impact and create as many as 30,000 jobs.

Dr. German will report to incoming Provost Tony Waldrop in her role as dean for the college and to President Hitt in her role as vice president for medical affairs. This change is effective July 1.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity and am thankful to the outstanding UCF team and the supportive community for the successes we have had to date,” Dr. German said. “As we move forward, we will build strong UCF programs in partnership with our community to improve health and well-being in Central Florida.”