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November 20, 2012

President leaving KC osteopathic medical school

Three years after assuming the presidency of controversy-ridden Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, H. Danny Weaver has announced he is stepping down from the post to go back to private medical practice.

Three years after assuming the presidency of controversy-ridden Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, H. Danny Weaver has announced he is stepping down from the post to go back to private medical practice.

Weaver, a KCUMB alumnus, was chair of the osteopathic medical school’s board of trustees in 2009 when the board fired long-time president Karen Pletz amid questions of her handling of the school’s finances.

KCUMB filed a civil lawsuit against Pletz in March 2010 alleging that she used more than $2 million of the school’s assets for her personal benefit. She countersued, claiming she had been wrongfully terminated.

In April 2011, a federal grand jury in Kansas City returned a 24-count indictment against Pletz, alleging that she had embezzled more than $1.5 million from the medical school, engaged in money laundering and falsified tax returns.

Pletz committed suicide in November of last year; a federal judge dismissed the criminal charges the following month.

Weaver’s resignation as president and chief executive officer is effective Dec. 31. Marshall Walker, director of medical education for Via Christi Health System in Wichita and current vice chair of the KCUMB board, will become acting president and CEO while a national search is conducted to fill the executive position.

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