Messages to Dean Jenson

Help us honor Dr. Hal B. Jenson’s legacy of leadership by registering to attend the WMed Live event and add a congratulatory message, an impact he may have had on you, or a fond memory you have of him at our medical school. These messages will be compiled and shared with Hal at the conclusion of the event on May 27, 2021. You may read some of the messages received thus far below. 

If you would like to send a video message to Hal instead, please send the recording to Joel Saukas, digital advancement coordinator, at

Video instructions: Hold the camera horizontally or in landscape mode while filming and ensure the video clip is no longer than 30 seconds. Videos may be recorded up to May 27, 2021 for inclusion in the live event. 


Messages to Founding Dean Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA


I couldn't imagine the level of detail needed to start a medical school! Thank you for all the 20-hour days to get this organization off the ground - your legacy will live on!
- Rich Daudert, Organizational Development Manager
Thank you for your leadership and support. I am fortunate to start in WMed while you are still Dean and grateful to have been promoted under your guidance. We wish you good luck and happy retirement.
- Maria Demma Cabral, Faculty
Thanks for providing me with job security and for helping empty the candy bowl. I hope you have a great retirement spent with the people you love doing the things you enjoy.
- Julia Young, Faculty Affairs Coordinator
Congratulations on your retirement!
- Chelo Ahmed, Executive Assistant I
Dean Jenson: Thank you so much for 10 years as the founding dean of WMed. Your leadership has made it a remarkable success. The best of luck to you!
- Kim Miller, Administrative Assistant
Thank you, Dean Jenson, it has been an honor working for you.
- Brittney Young, Administrative Assistant
Dean Jenson, your direct guidance, focused but fair critique, and support with standing up the WMed ForenTox joint venture help to make the vison of a nationally certified toxicology laboratory a reality. Thanks for your confidence and the opportunity to work with you.
- Prentiss Jones Jr., Faculty
Enjoy your next season in life!
- Victoria and Michael Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Thank you for all your efforts in this amazing undertaking that is WMed.
- Nathan Brown, Animal Resources Manager
Congratulations and all the best moving forward Dr. Jenson!
- Ron Cisler
Enjoy retirement Hal! Thank you for your amazing leadership. We will miss you!
- Jack Mosser, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
- Robert Bienkowski
Dear Hal, thank you so much for everything you have done to and for WMed and our corner of the world. Your impact is a cornerstone to everything you built. Congratulations and warmest wishes for a well-deserved retirement!
- Janis Clark
On behalf of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine and the Office of Faculty Affairs thank you for all your support and advocacy.
- Lisa Graves, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Congratulations on ALL that you have accomplished and inspired at WMed over this past decade!
- Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Assistant Dean for Culture and Wellness
It has been an honor to work with you and to get to know you. We have had the wonderful opportunity to help in creating your life legacy here for Kalamazoo and to help in developing the future of our profession. Thank you for everything you have done for us both professionally and personally.
- Dr. Keith Kenter, Assistant Dean for Culture and Wellness
and Mrs. Patty Kenter
We so appreciate WMed and our partnership with you!
- Knight Watch, Inc.
Thank you for your vision, dedication and efforts to initiate and grow a fine medical school in this community.
- Lisa Leininger, Faculty
Congratulations on the start of a new adventure!
- Andrew Lynch, WMed Student (Class of 2023)
Congratulations on 10 years of incredible work. You have left an amazing legacy.
- Edward Montgomery, WMU President and WMed Board Chairman
Congratulations and thank you for all that you have done for the Medical School and the greater Kalamazoo area.
- Nulty Insurance
Enjoy retirement and tackling the rest of your bucket list!
- Melissa Olken, Faculty
Congrats on your retirement!
- April Palmer, Sponsored Award Coordinator
Congratulations on a phenomenal 10 years and thank you for all that you and the WMed team have accomplished for our community! All best wishes.
- Kathy Purnell
Thank you for all the personal and professional support you have provided to us!
- Michael Redinger, Faculty
Congratulations on your retirement in 2021. Thank you for your leadership and commitment to founding an excellent medical school that is WMed.
- Michele Serbenski, Associate Dean for Clinical Operations & Performance Excellence
Thank you so much for the opportunity to join this amazing organization. I wish you great happiness in the next phase of your life! Congratulations!
- Lori Straube, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
Robert Pulito, Mary Jo Olenick, and SLAM collectively would like to congratulate Dean Jenson for his courage and skill on launching the spaceship that is a new medical school.
Robert Pulito, Mary Jo Olenick, and SLAM
Thank you, Dean Jenson, for giving me an opportunity to work for WMed under my mentor and friend Dr. Thomas Rothstein. It was a great honor working for you and the entire WMed community. Wish you nothing but great things as you venture into the next phase of your legacy. Congrats and thank you again, Dean Jenson.
- Stephan Owens
Thank you for your tireless dedication and hard work to make WMed what it is today
- Ross Driscoll, Faculty
Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Thank you for your leadership, guidance, and for taking a chance on me over the years. Enjoy the next adventure - you will be missed!
- Ms. Jean Shelton, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Life
AVB appreciates your significant contributions to our community. Thank you!
- Greg Dobson, AVB
Hal, you did it! You brought the school from idea to implementation. We have so much to be proud of, and we couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for taking this on and seeing it through. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.
- Jennifer Barlow, Faculty
Dean Jenson, Thank you for serving as the first Dean of WMed School. You have done a fantastic job in getting the program up and off the ground and making it available to so many students with a diverse background.
- Vic and Jill Bland
Thank you, Dean Jenson. All the best to you in your next endeavors.
- Alejandro Chavez, Student(Class of 2023)
Thank you for your partnership.
-CLS Image
Hal, congratulations on an incredible 10 years. You have created an amazing medical school, and we are all proud to be part of WMed. You have certainly earned a wonderful retirement. Enjoy your adventures!
- Laura Eller, WMed Director of Communications
Hal, all the best for your retirement and congratulations on your many accomplishments. Enjoy!
- Dan Bitzer and Cindy Kole, First National Bank of Michigan
Hal, all the best for your retirement and congratulations on your many accomplishments. Enjoy!
- Dan Bitzer and Cindy Kole, First National Bank of Michigan
Dean Jenson, thank you for your leadership at WMed, and happy retirement!
- Tim Fuller, IT Systems Administrator
We wish you a long, healthy, and happy retirement! Congratulations, now the fun begins.
- Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, Faculty, & Michael J. Donohoe
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the growth of WMed.
- Holli Neiman-Hart, Faculty
Congratulations on your retirement and best wishes for your adventurous new beginnings.
- Dilip, Faculty, and Mrs. Ranjan Patel
Hal: you have achieved so much in the past ten years... brought up a brand new medical school from the ground up; created new programs and sites that are too many to mention; and created a strong foundation for the upcoming years for the medical school and for Kalamazoo. Thank you always for your support and caring. I wish you only the best in your retirement years and will miss that bright smile of yours.
- Holly Ramsdell, Manager of Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Project
Congratulations on your retirement!
- Carleen Rieger, Financial Aid Coordinator
Your leadership will be missed in Kalamazoo, and the healthcare community. Thank you for fulfilling your CLEAR vision in SW Michigan.
- Al & Angie Shifflett, III,