Bogdewic says goodbye to IU School of Medicine; retirement celebration set for June 19

June 13, 2019

Editor’s note: A retirement reception for Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD, IU School of Medicine executive vice dean, will be held from 4-6 pm, Wednesday, June 19, in the first floor lobby of Fairbanks Hall, 340 W. 10th St., in downtown Indianapolis. Remarks will begin at 5 pm. RSVPs are requested, but not required. Refreshments will be served.

There’s a floor-to-ceiling window behind the desk in Steve Bogdewic’s office.

Through it he has a picturesque view of the IU School of Medicine campus. The tops of the buildings that fill the landscape are the halls and centers where medical students learn; they’re the Indianapolis hospitals and facilities where residents and fellows train, where research is conducted and lives are saved.

Bogdewic’s impact at the school runs deep inside those structures. It’s found in every person—every chair, director and faculty member—who has had the opportunity to work with him and benefit from his leadership in the last 28 years.

Those nearly three decades of influence are now coming to a close, as Bogdewic, PhD, prepares to retire from his role at IU School of Medicine and return to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his career in academia began.

Throughout his time at IU, Bogdewic has worked hard to ensure professional development remains a priority within IU School of Medicine. He’s led dozens of initiatives focused on leadership. He spearheaded the creation of the school’s strategic plan and served as the first executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development.

In fact, Bogdewic’s tenure with IU School of Medicine can be summarized by a long list of firsts.

Early in his career, he was the school’s first assistant dean for primary care education. He is also the first to hold his current position of executive vice dean, which puts him at the right hand of Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA.

Hess remembers meeting Bogdewic and being struck by his insightfulness and broad thinking. When looking for someone to take on the new role of executive vice dean, he knew Bogdewic was the right person for the job.

“He has become one of my closest colleagues and best sources of institutional memory and advice,” Hess said. “We are unquestionably a stronger medical school because of Steve. Thanks to his service, we offer robust programs for faculty development and leadership training. We have clearly articulated goals and systems to measure our progress toward them. He will be deeply missed, however, his influence will continue to be felt for many years to come.”

Bogdewic’s colleagues say they’ll miss his unwavering support and friendship; his ability to focus any project that supports the school’s mission; and his distinct, infectious laughter. Read more in this Spirit of Medicine blog post