Paul Katz, who recently helped start a medical school in Scranton, was tapped Wednesday to be founding dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden.
The new medical school is set to open its doors in the fall of 2012.
"We all just don't want to be the 134th medical school in the country," said Katz, a physician, speaking on Wednesday before a press conference announcing his appointment. "We want to be a leader."
"There hasn't been a lot of opportunity in the last 50 years to create a new medical school," Katz added. "What was most attractive was the ability to create a new school."