A Macon native will become the next president of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Effective July 1, 2014, after the end of the upcoming academic year, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, a Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist, will take over for the current president, Dr. John E. Maupin Jr.
Rice was named executive vice president and dean in 2011. She will retain the position of dean when she becomes president next year.
With Fridays announcement, Montgomery Rice will become the nations first black woman to lead a free-standing medical school as chief executive officer, according to a statement from the school.