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John Barson Fellowship in Public Administration

Dr. John Barson devoted his professional life to health care and the field of public management. Internationally known and respected as an educational consultant in medicine, Dr. Barson earned a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Wayne State University. In the 1960s, as a professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University, Dr. Barson revised the basic science and clinical teaching methods for the College of Human Medicine. He was also a founding faculty member, and later Associate Dean, for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU.

Known for his expertise in developing curricula and residency programs, Dr. Barson was appointed by the State Regents and legislature of Oklahoma in the 1970s to establish a new medical college emphasizing primary care in Tulsa. His tenure and service as Founding President of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery was unmatched. Before he stepped down as President in 1984, the State Regents designated the John Barson Administration Building at the medical campus of Oklahoma State University as a center for professional studies and biomedical research. Until 1994, Dr. Barson continued to consult for medical schools in areas such as residency training, faculty development, and organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Barson remained committed to effective administration, efficiency, and the application of public administration skills to health care and higher education. He is fondly remembered by family and friends who hope his memory lives on in the lives of those who will be changed forever by this fellowship in his name. The fellowship is funded from an endowment created by a generous gift from William and Delores Brehm.