Howard University Appoints Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Dean, College of Medicine & Vice President, Clinical Affairs

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Howard University Appoints Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Dean, College of Medicine & Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Dr. Hugh E. Mighty

“Dr. Mighty brings a wealth of clinical and practical leadership experience to this critical position within the University.” - Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick

Today, Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, announced the appointment of Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, dean of the Howard University College of Medicine and vice president of Clinical Affairs. In his new role Dr. Mighty will oversee the College of Medicine’s academic programs and provide oversight for the administrative and financial operation of the College of Medicine. Mighty will also serve as Vice President of Clinical Affairs, having oversight of the relationship between the academic enterprise and the hospital and responsibility for the development and direction of the Faculty Practice Plan. He will also serve as professor on the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Dr. Mighty brings a wealth of clinical and practical leadership experience to this critical position within the University,” said Frederick. “The Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital is the nexus of the University’s academic mission for our medical students, faculty, staff, as well as countless communities in need of expert medical care, particularly in communities often lacking adequate access to quality health care services. Dr. Mighty has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to furthering our mission to bridge that gap,” added Frederick.

Most recently, Dr. Mighty served as vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs at Louisiana State University, (LSU) Health Sciences Center, in Shreveport, Louisiana. During his tenure at LSU, Dr. Mighty guided the financial and strategic direction of the academic and hospital enterprise, including three safety-net hospitals in the state.

“For more than 145 years, Howard University has sustained and improved upon its mission of improving health for the neediest communities,” said Dr. Mighty. “To be a part of this long-standing mission through the stewardship of the College of Medicine is a tremendous honor.”

Dr. Mighty received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, his Medical degree from the University of Maryland, and his MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore. He has served in multiple academic leadership positions, including Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Maryland. As chair, Dr. Mighty trained and mentored more than 200 residents and fellows as well as recruited clinical and basic science faculty.

He is known for developing innovative statewide programs such as the Tamar’s Children program that deferred incarceration for pregnant women with minor offenses in exchange for the development of job and parenting skills. Dr. Mighty has also served in multiple public leadership roles, including Chairman of the State Commission on Infant Mortality Prevention for the state of Maryland.

The appointment of Dr. Mighty as dean concludes an extensive national search. He will serve as the 18th dean since the founding of the College of Medicine in 1868. He succeeds Dr. Edward E. Cornwell, III, who led the Howard University College of Medicine on an interim basis since October 2014.

“I want to acknowledge and thank Dr. Edward Cornwell for his exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Howard University while serving as interim dean,” added Frederick. “Dr. Cornwell represents the best the University and College of Medicine have to offer. I’m pleased the University, our students, and our community will continue to benefit from his leadership and knowledge as he continues to serve as the LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. Professor of Surgery, Chairman of Surgery, and Surgeon-in-Chief at Howard University Hospital.”

The Howard University College of Medicine uniquely addresses the special needs of medically underserved communities. The College of Medicine averages 450 students, 260 full-time professors as well as a 2015 graduation rate above 95 percent. With more than 4,600 living alumni, the Howard University College of Medicine has produced a significant percentage of the nation’s physicians of color.

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About Howard University:

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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