News Release: MSU's longest-serving dean recognized for medical innovation in Army, at university, globally

LANSING, MI – William D. Strampel's career can be viewed in two phases: the military and academic. From his perspective, however, it's all been about medicine.

Before he arrived at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999, Strampel became a doctor of osteopathic medicine and forged a prominent 26-year career with the Army Medical Corps. This leadership as soldier and civilian is why he has been selected for the 2016 Veteran Tribute by Volunteers of America Michigan.

The Veteran Tribute, to be presented 5:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at MSU's Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center, 4830 E. Jolly Road, Lansing, is the latest in a long list of recognitions for Strampel.

The event, a fundraiser for Volunteers of America Michigan's services to homeless veterans, is proud to have the support of:

Exclusive Five Star Sponsor: McLaren Greater Lansing

Three Star Sponsor: MSU Federal Credit Union

Three Star Sponsor: Brig and Fran Sorber of Two Men and a Truck

Two Star Sponsor: Demmer Corporation

Two Star Sponsor: Meijer

Additional sponsorships and admission tickets are available here.

Dean Strampel's career in the Army Medical Corps saw him take command positions all over the nation and overseas, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Office of the Surgeon General. His military awards alone include the Legion of Merit with two oak clusters; the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

He has led the College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2002, and is the university's longest-serving dean. As such, he has presided over an era of expansion and innovation. Under his leadership, MSUCOM is teaching, conducting research and providing care on five continents. A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, his work recently was recognized with the American Osteopathic Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in September in Los Angeles.

"As the state's largest provider of services to homeless veterans, we see first-hand the spirit of self-sacrifice on behalf of others exemplified by veterans," said Patrick Patterson, executive vice president of Volunteers of America Michigan. "We want to recognize and applaud that spirit, which Dean Strampel has exhibited throughout his professional career."