Dr. Rao, one of the driving forces behind the Cancer Research Center, is leaving due to health concerns.
Dr. Rao has been with the college since 2001. He has served as a professor, Senior Associate Dean and Program Director for the Research Center . Faculty and staff were informed of the resignation Monday.
The school's regional dean, Dr. Sara Rusch and the Chicago-based dean Dimitri Azar will be filling Rao's administrative role until a replacement is found.