Dr. Hugh Mighty, Howard University‘s dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of clinical affairs, has been appointed as its new SVP of Health! Learn about the new role in the Howard release below.

Howard University has appointed Hugh E. Mighty, M.D., MBA, FACOG, as the new senior vice president of health affairs. In this position, Dr. Mighty will be responsible for initiating and sustaining relationships with external partners in health care.

In the role, Mighty will also lead the Howard team in managing the emerging strategic relationship with Adventist HealthCare, which includes a new academic hospital and integration of Howard health sciences learners within the Adventist system.

Mighty has served as dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of clinical affairs at Howard University since 2015. The University said a search committee would be formed shortly to conduct a national search for a new dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. Mighty will continue to serve as dean of the College of Medicine in the interim until a new dean is appointed.

“Dr. Mighty has provided vital leadership in the education of our medical students and the oversight of the clinical operations of the Faculty Practice Plan,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. “He has overseen a period of tremendous growth and progress for the College of Medicine, culminating in the multidisciplinary implementation of a COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic, which has proven to be a tremendously vital service for the greater D.C. community.”

President Frederick added that the Howard community was grateful to Mighty for his tireless service to the University and the College of Medicine; and he said he looked forward to his continued contributions as the senior vice president of health affairs.

The Office of the SVP for Health Affairs will serve as a driver for interdisciplinary care models as well as a clearinghouse for proposals of innovations and inventions. The aim is to improve the quality of care and outcomes delivered to persons ministered by the health professionals and supervised learners of Howard University. While focused on clinical and other health care interventions and innovation, the office will also embrace inter- and multidisciplinary initiatives that draw on the University’s talent in the natural and social sciences, engineering and computing/computer science, social work, and law.

The senior vice president for health affairs will report directly to the president and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.

As the dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of clinical affairs, Mighty has served as the president’s liaison at Howard University Hospital during its transition towards establishing a new teaching hospital for the health sciences. During his tenure, the College of Medicine secured its largest gift in the school’s history from the Bloomberg Foundation ($31.7 million), had a successful LCME reaccreditation, doubled its research funding, and was recognized prominently in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2022.