Case Western Reserve University has dedicated its Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The dedication of the new space on Monday, May 7 provided an opportunity to acknowledge the visionary and humanitarian mission of the center’s namesake, Dr. Kazuo Inamori, and to announce Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., (MED ‘66), as the new director of the center.
“I look forward to continuing to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni and the community in establishing the Inamori Center as a leading resource for ethical research, reflection and practice,” Dr. Eastwood said.
Eastwood has been interim president of the university since June 2006. Prior to that, he was president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York from 1993 to 2006. Before joining Upstate, Dr. Eastwood was dean of the Medical College of Georgia.
Eastwood received his B.A. from Albion College (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He is married to Lynn Marshall Eastwood, who received her M.S. in mathematics from Case Institute of Technology. Eastwood’s career in academic medicine has included research, teaching, and the practice of gastroenterology. He has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Over the past 15 years, Eastwood’s professional interests have included the responsibilities of academic health centers to the health of the community, the role of leadership in academic health centers, bioethics, and ethics of academic health organizations. He has authored 125 articles and book chapters and has written or edited several books. Eastwood was planning on a sabbatical last year from SUNY Update in bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, but the University Board of Trustees asked him to serve as interim president instead.
“Greg Eastwood brings strong academic credentials and a long, proven track record of administrative leadership and success,” said Frank Linsalata, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. “His medical background, interest in ethics and distinct leadership will help position the Inamori Center at the forefront of the field of ethics.”
Eastwood succeeds William Deal, Severance Associate Professor of the History of Religion. Deal withdrew from the directorship to devote his attention to a project on morality and the mind that will involve a multidisciplinary approach at the intersection of religion, ethics, cognitive science and evolutionary biology.
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence was established with a generous $10 million gift from Dr. Kazuo Inamori and the Inamori Foundation of Kyoto, Japan. Its initiatives will advance Dr. Inamori’s philosophy of “pursuing what is right for humankind” and examine such pressing issues as those posed by rapidly developing technologies and science that have seemingly outpaced ethical considerations of their uses.
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