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May 11, 2006

William Elger, U-M Medical School CFO, named national chair of business group

Elger to lead Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Business Affairs during historic restructuring

ANN ARBOR, MI – William R. Elger Jr., CPA, has been appointed national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Business Affairs, an organization that advances administrative and fiscal management in support of medical education, research and health care among its members. His installation took place during the GBA annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada in April 2006.

William ElgerThe GBA was founded in 1967 for medical college business officers. Last year, a GBA working group reviewed the mission, goals and organizational structure of the GBA and proposed a restructuring that will encompass a greater corporate focus in academic medicine. As national chair, Elger will be instrumental in coordinating the necessary changes.

“The responsibilities and interests of our members have expanded far beyond financial management as it was viewed in 1967. Today, medical school business leaders are also concerned with human resources, information technology, facilities and grants management. We want to make sure that GBA continues to evolve in a way that meets members’ interdisciplinary needs and those of our medical schools,” Elger says. “Developing the mechanisms for benchmarking, identifying emerging issues and expanding professional development resources are my priorities.”

Elger, executive director for administration and chief financial officer of the University of Michigan Medical School, is the author of “Managing Resources in a Better Way:  A New Financial Management Approach for the University of Michigan Medical School,” which appeared in the April 2006 edition of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Elger joined the University of Michigan Medical School in 1989. He is responsible for all of the business and financial activities of the Medical School including financial services, facilities, information services, resource planning, personnel, development and implementation of the financial management and decision support systems, contracting and regulatory services, as well as significant involvement in research administration and the Faculty Group Practice.

Elger chairs the University's Internal Controls Advisory Group, whose purpose is to help ensure that the University is using the best processes and practices. In addition, he chairs the Business Operations Subcommittee of the Medical School’s Executive Committee, the Financial Advisory Committee, the Department Administrator’s meeting and the Dean’s Office Operations and Administration Committee. He has also served on the Provost's Advisory Committee on University

Budgets and chaired the University’s Financial Control’s Framework Task Force. He is currently a member of the Medical School's Conflict of Interest Committee, the Faculty Group Practice Finance Committee and the University’s Advisors on Information Strategy Committee.

Elger is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, magna cum laude, in 1972. Prior to joining the Medical School, Elger served for two years (1988-1989) as the Chief Financial Officer for the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary where he directed a successful financial turnaround effort, and as a Senior Executive with Ernst & Whinney (1973-1988) where he specialized in audit and consulting services to the health care industry.

Elger has served on the board or committees of a number of civic and professional organizations including the AAMC Group on Business Affairs, the Illinois CPA Society and the Healthcare Management Association. He is the author of training courses in Auditing Third-Party Reimbursement and Accounting for Medical Malpractice Self-Insurance, a developer of workshops on Cost Accounting and Write to Communicate and a presenter at various conferences. Elger is listed in several biographical reference works, including Who's Who in America.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Council of University Research Administrators, Medical Group Management Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Business Affairs, and is an advanced member of Healthcare Management Association.

Written by Mary Beth Reilly

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