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Extent: 103.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1903-2015
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The Executive Faculty is the chief governing body of the School of Medicine. The body was constituted in its present form at the time of the academic reorganization of the School in 1910. A definition published in the Bulletin of Washington University, Twenty-first Annual Catalogue of the Medical School, July, 1910, p. 7, reads as follows:

The Executive Faculty will be composed of the heads of departments designated by the Corporation of the University and will discharge and deal with all matters usually disposed of by executive faculties. This formula, albeit vaguely phrased, holds to this day.

The concept of an executive faculty was not new in 1910. Before the reorganization, the old Washington University Medical Department, formerly St. Louis Medical College, had been led by an Executive Committee. In addition, Missouri Medical College, which merged with the Medical Department in 1899, had been governed by an Executive Committee. But in 1910, following recommendations set forth in the Flexner Report, the existing administrative structure of the Medical Department was formally abolished, then reconstituted under new leadership. The autonomy granted to the new members of the Executive Faculty allowed them to bring about further changes toward the modernization of the School.

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Restrictions: This collection is restricted.  Access to this collection is limited to the Dean and the executive secretary to the Dean.  All others who wish to use this collection must have written permission from the Dean's Office to access and use this collection.
Rights: For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (
Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Executive Faculty Records, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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