Today will be the last time Dr. Matthew Schure will preside over The Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s graduation ceremonies as the president and chief executive officer. President Schure will retire from PCOM on June 30.
All who have had the good fortune to know Dr. Schure recognize that he has been a positive inspiration and force at PCOM over the past 12 plus years. Matt has been an outstanding leader.
As founding Campus Executive Officer of the Georgia campus, my introduction of President Schure to the first GA Campus D.O. class in August 2005, is as true today as it was almost a decade ago:
He is a man of importance, but he is also a man of modesty.
He is a man of faith, who understands practical aspects of interpersonal relationships.
He is a man who believes in the sacredness of life, who acknowledges the value of a life well lived.
He is a man of vision, who has an unclouded view of the potential for osteopathic, pharmacy, and biomedical sciences education in the South.
He is a considerate man, who values the opinions of others.
He is a family man, who glows when considering the accomplishments of family.
He is your president, and he is your CEO.
When I reflect back to January 2004, and my first six months with PCOM – tasked with the responsibility of finding a location for a new Georgia campus — I realize that Matt’s vision of developing a campus that would be capable of evolving from a single degree to a multi-degree campus was certainly the best strategy for the Georgia initiative. So, rather than acquire a 100,000 square-foot facility, as was originally planned, we acquired a 150,000 square-foot facility with acreage for expansion. The results are self-evident. Diversification is the key to stability and long-term success be it personal finance or corporate goals. Learning this lesson early secured the future of the Georgia campus.
Next time you are on campus, I ask you to look about and see all that has been accomplished under Dr. Schure’s leadership.
• A beautiful campus with state-of-the-art technology
• An accomplished faculty and administration that any college would be proud to identify as their own
• Two accredited doctoral programs – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Pharmacy
• Three master programs – Master of Biomedical Sciences, a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (in partnership with Brenau University for pre-PA undergraduate studies and with main campus PCOM for program diadactics)
• A D.O./MBA degree program (emphasizing a Healthcare Management tract) in partnership with Brenau University.
• A Vivarium for GA Campus research opportunities
• Three primary care GME programs – one Osteopathic Family Medicine program at Houston Health Care, Houston County, GA and two joint DO/MD programs (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine) at Gwinnett Medical Center
• Capitation support for post graduate osteopathic residency positions from the State of Georgia
All of these accomplishments are focused on effectively addressing critical health care needs in Georgia and throughout the southern region. The seeds planted in Gwinnett County are bearing fruit throughout the South. In a region of the country where Osteopathic Medicine was largely unknown or mischaracterized we now see Osteopathic colleges planned or operating in all but Louisiana, plus GME opportunities are spreading throughout the region. Those in the know realize that PCOM’s initial efforts in Gwinnett County, have certainly not gone unnoticed, and are being emulated throughout the state of Georgia and the region.
Throughout Matt’s tenure at PCOM there has been one individual who has remained constant in his life. Without the steadfast encouragement and support of this individual GA Campus PCOM probably would not exist. Judy Schure, we thank you for your caring and supportive nature, and for your willingness to share Matt with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today you share these honors with Matt.
Our county, our region, and our college are stronger and healthier today, and our healthcare future could not be brighter; because you provide a nurturing and loving environment that allows Matt to let his light so shine before men that they may see his good works and honor our father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
It is clear that Matt’s good spirit and positive attitude emanate from his family, because as we say in the South, “Az Mamen iz nisht freylekh, no one is freylekh.” This venerable adage has stood the test of time in many of our lives. For those who may not speak Yiddish the literal interpretation is: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
My benediction for you is:
“May God Bless and keep safe the Schure family, in all you do, for you have generously given much for the benefit of many. Amen.”
Dr. John Fleischmann is a longtime resident of Gwinnett County. He was the first executive recruited by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Founding Campus Executive Officer for a proposed Georgia Campus. His professional experience includes executive positions as College Administrative Officer with the College of Education, Georgia State University and system-wide Director, Faculty Human Resources, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. He is also is a retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army.