Columbus Technical College has named a former Fort Benning pathologist its new Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Robert Wilkeson, D.O., officially starts his duties as Dean on January 3, 2012.
Dr. Wilkeson is originally from the Pittsburgh area. His background in medicine developed over years with his military service at our own Fort Benning as well as time spent in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Gordon in Augusta. From 1993 – 2002 Dr. Wilkeson served as the chief of pathology at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning. Even though he retired from the Army, Dr. Wilkeson hasn’t been at rest. Basketball was one of his first loves and Dr. Wilkeson is an avid sports fan no matter the playing field so it’s only natural that he volunteers with the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team and the Columbus Lions indoor football organization. He’s been a part time anatomy and physiology instructor at Columbus Technical College for about two years. Knowing the service the college provides the public is a big reason he chose to pursue the dean’s position.
“The community really responds well to Columbus Tech folks,” Dr. Wilkeson said. “They’re well-rounded because many came from other walks of life. People tend to approach it more seriously.”
Dr. Wilkeson will continue to teach while he gets acclimated in his new position. He’ll take some time to assess the needs of the School of Health Sciences. That task includes possibly bringing some programs back, starting new programs, and even evaluating the job market and determining what areas may be too saturated. Bob Wilkeson says he wants to approach this new career with a participatory management style – using the Army and sports teams as examples of how to succeed.
Dr. Wilkeson and his wife of almost 39 years, Nancy, live in Muscogee. They have one daughter, Megan, who graduated from the University of Georgia and is now a teacher.