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Al Reece, Distinguished Scientist and Scholar, Appointed to Board of Trustees

Reece in Chemical Hall 150Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, has been appointed to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Board of Trustees. He will serve on the board’s academic affairs sub-committee.

With his distinguished record of academic achievement, career experience, and leadership, Reece is expected to add tremendous value to the work of the board as the university’s oversight body.

“This is a terrific honor for us,” said Dave Weigley, President of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and chair of the WAU Board. “I look forward to the rich experience and insight that Dr. Reece will bring from his years of leadership in higher education.”

President of WAU, Weymouth Spence, Ed.D, is equally elated by Dr. Reece’s appointment. “I am extremely pleased,” he said. “Dr. Reece’s experience and extraordinary accomplishment are not just inspirational but are of real value to our work here. I look forward to working with him at this very exciting time for WAU.”

A celebrated academician, physician and scientist, Reece is the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. He is also a professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Reece complete a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University; a M.D. from New York University School of Medicine; a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona , Jamaica; and a MBA degree from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He remained on the full time faculty at Yale for almost 10 years during which he served a clinical instructor and later as assistant professor before receiving an accelerated promotion to associate professor.

Reece has also served at Temple University as the Abraham Roth Professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; as Vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine. He was appointed to his current position in 2006 and in 2010, served as acting president of the University of Maryland.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Reece leads an active NIH funded research laboratory and is also involved in education. He has written more than 500 articles, chapters and abstracts; 12 books, including revisions, and five monographs.