Colonial Health Center leader resigns after six-month-long tenure

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Glenn Egelman, the associate dean of the CHC, said he submitted his resignation Friday and will officially leave the University next month.

The leader of the Colonial Health Center has resigned.

Glenn Egelman, the associate dean of the CHC, said he submitted his resignation Friday and will officially leave the University next month after a six-month tenure in charge of the University’s health center. He declined to say specifically why he resigned from the role, saying only “things speak for themselves.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with the GW students who I’ve found to be engaging, bright, passionate and who truly deserve the best all around health care and insurance and community health-related services that we can provide,” he said in an interview Monday night.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar confirmed Egelman resigned Friday “to pursue other career opportunities.” She said Danielle Lico, the associate dean of students who oversees the Office of Student Support and Family Engagement, will be the interim leader of the CHC.

Egelman said his next move wasn’t clear but he will likely continue working as a consultant with Campus HealthCare Consultants and Egelman Healthcare Consulting.

He said he worked with the Student Association during his brief tenure to begin creating a student health advisory council where students can provide feedback to officials on health-related issues.

“I think that is going to be a wonderful mechanism to ensure that as the Colonial Health Center evolves, that it is doing so in line with student interests,” Egelman said.

He also began working to reform the structure of the student health insurance program and to encourage different components of the CHC to work more closely together and expand access to care.

“I think there’s still a lot of positive good work to be done at the Colonial Health Center,” he said.

In a previous interview with The Hatchet, Egelman said he wanted to assess the demographics of students who weren’t seeking help from the CHC to expand outreach to those groups.

Egelman sent an email to a student leader Sunday, which was obtained by The Hatchet, informing the student that “unfortunately” he would soon no longer be with the University.

He started the position in March, after a 17-month-long gap while officials conducted the search for the center’s first executive director.

Egelman was the first official to oversee all facets of the CHC, including Medical Services, Mental Health Services and Health Promotion and Prevention Services, after officials reorganized the leadership structure of the center as part of a staff shakeup in 2016.

Before Egelman, MHS was without a permanent leader for 17 months, after Silvio Weisner, who served as the director of MHS, stepped down in 2015. He resigned after officials discovered he was not licensed to practice psychology in the District.

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