Medical Education

Vice President's Page

Ronald W. McCune, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Medical Education

Dr. McCune came to ISU in 1970 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. He was chair of the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry from 1971 to 1977. In a committee effort initiated at the direction of then President William E. Davis, Dr. McCune participated in the design and founding of the ISU Health Professions Advisory Committee in 1971. He chaired that committee from 1973 until he retired from the faculty in 2004. That committee office has been responsible for advising ISU students who plan to enter on of the health professions -- principally medicine (M.D. and D.O.), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant. In 2005 he was asked to assume the position of Interim Vice President for Medical Education.

Dr. McCune received his B.S. degree from Kansas State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Following four years of postdoctoral research in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, he joined the faculty at ISU. He spent a sabbatical year of research in the Department of Medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine in San Diego during the 1977-78 academic year.

Dr. McCune has had the distinction of having his academic home in three different departments while at ISU. He was in the Department of Chemistry during his first year. Following the creation of the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry by joining his position with that of the Department of Microbiology, he was chair of that new department for six years. The Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry was merged with the Department of Biology to become the current Department of Biological Sciences in the mid-1980s.

Active in affairs of prehealth advisors, he has been President of the Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (WAAHP) on two occasions and he has been a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).