President William D. Underwood announced March 20 the appointment of Dr. William F. Bina III as dean of the School of Medicine, effective immediately. The appointment of Dr. Bina, who has served as interim dean of the School since July 1, 2008, and chair of the Department of Community Medicine since 2003, follows an 11-month-long national search.
“Dr. Bina has a deep commitment to the mission of the medical school, which reflects Mercer’s identity and purpose,” said Provost Wallace L. Daniel. “That mission sets Mercer’s School of Medicine apart as the leader in serving the state of Georgia’s medical needs in its small towns and rural areas. As the interim dean, he demonstrated strong leadership during a challenging period, including the opening of a new four-year campus in Savannah. His grasp of the complex issues facing the medical school along with his skills and understanding of the school’s programs, students, faculty, staff, strengths and challenges will ensure the School’s continued success.”
Dr. Bina has spent much of his academic career at the School of Medicine. He first joined the University in 1998 as a professor and practicing physician in the Department of Family Medicine and Mercer Health Systems. In 2003, he was named chair of the Department of Community Medicine and director of the Master’s of Public Health program. He was named executive associate dean at the Medical School in 2007 before being named interim dean in 2008. He earned an undergraduate degree in nuclear science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska and the Master of Public Health degree in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
He received post-graduate medical training at the Family Practice Residency, Naval Regional Medical Center, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., from 1975-1978, and his general preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University from 1982-1984. Navy duties included assignments in Hawaii, California, Southern Maryland, Nigeria, Italy, and finally in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bina has provided significant professional leadership in the community. Since 2002, he has served as the project and medical director for the Central Georgia Cancer Coalition, a Regional Cancer Coalition of Excellence. From 2004-2007, he served on the steering committee to establish a primary health care center in Macon and Bibb County. He served as president and chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians from 1998-2000. Since 1996, he has served as chair of the board of directors of Secure Health Plans of Georgia, a 23-county regional network. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Central Georgia Health Network from 1996-1999 and the director of the Family Practice Residency Program at the Medical Center of Central Georgia from 1992-97.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the dean of Mercer University School of Medicine,” Dr. Bina said. “In the past 25 years, our school has successfully prepared physicians and health care professionals to meet the heath care needs of all Georgians. I eagerly look forward to continuing that success by working with an outstanding team of faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders to ensure that our students receive top-quality training to launch their careers into 21st century medicine.”
Dr. Bina and his wife, Gayle, have four children: Elizabeth Heather, William Frank IV, Robert Wagner and Jonathan Park.