The Alice Walton School of Medicine hired four executives as the school continues to prepare to open in 2025.
The school, which is set to begin construction on its campus in Bentonville in 2023, named Lisako McKyer as the the vice dean of faculty affairs and diversity, equity and inclusion. Also appointed were Yerko Berrocal as the assistant dean of foundational sciences, Kevin Kunkler as director of educational technology and Jasmin Bland as the director of curriculum management.
The Walton School is still searching for the dean of the school.
“We are honored to welcome this group of visionary leaders who bring a breadth of health and academic experiences and a shared goal to reimagine medical education,” COO Walter Harris said. He added that the school aims to fill around 100 positions in the coming years.
McKyer joined the Walton School in July, the college announced. She will oversee faculty hirings and promotions; she was previously at the Texas A&M School of Public Health
Berrocal also joined the Walton School in July; he was previously an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. He will oversee the Foundational Sciences department.
Kunkler joined the Walton School this month and will be a professor. He will oversee the simulation and standardized patient programs and the use of technology in the curriculum; he was previously at the TCU School of Medicine in Fort Worth where he helped create the simulation program.
Bland joined the Walton School in July and will help oversee the coordination of the school’s curriculum. She was previously at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta where she served in a variety of roles for the past 20 years, including curriculum management.