"Martin has my full support," said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. "He will bring continuity and leadership to the program as we continue a dialogue with our partners at the University of Washington about the possibility of expanding the WWAMI program at MSU."
Teintze is an associate professor of biochemistry at MSU and assumed the role of interim director in July 2009. A search this year for a new, permanent director recently concluded without the naming of a new director. There are currently no plans for a new search.
Teintze has also served as director of student programs for the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) at MSU since 2001.
WWAMI is a cooperative program of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The program makes medical education accessible to students in the northwestern United States by decentralizing the educational process and by sharing existing facilities and personnel in universities and communities in the WWAMI states. Support of WWAMI by the state of Montana allows 20 qualified Montana residents to be admitted to the University of Washington School of Medicine each year.