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President’s Message to the University Community

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I write to share with you one of a series of communications being sent this morning by Kevin Behrns, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, regarding the accreditation status of our medical education program in the School of Medicine.

As you will read, our medical education program remains fully accredited. However, the program has been placed on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for all schools of medicine in the United States and Canada. This decision comes following an accreditation site visit last October.

Dr. Behrns and I are extremely disappointed that circumstances at the medical school last year prompted this LCME action. We apologize to all of our stakeholders for allowing this unsatisfactory result to occur, and we are committed to removing the probation status expeditiously. To be as transparent as possible, the notification letter from the LCME is being shared with everyone in the SLU community.  A website has also been created to share information and provide updates on the remediation process.

Since his arrival in January, I have been very impressed with Dr. Behrns’ leadership; we are fortunate to have a leader with his skills, insight, and determination to lead our medical school and the remediation effort.  He has my full confidence.  

We provide an excellent education to our medical students, and I promise that the deficiencies found will be corrected to ensure this never happens again.


Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.