The dean who (sky)dives

Just to show that there are no lengths to which he will not go for the glory of USF Health…

Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health, jumped out of a plane Friday. He was invited to go skydiving last week with the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team.

The group, known as the “Para-Commandos,” performs parachute demonstrations around the U.S. to inform the public about the Special Operations Command, its mission, and the work of the U.S. military.

“While I often feel that skydiving should be a requirement for anyone involved in academic medicine today, the real learning for me, whether it is jumping from a plane at 15,000 feet or moving USF Health forward at a time of dizzying change, is the need to balance deliberation and action,” Dr. Klasko said. “If you can’t learn to make good and timely decisions under ambiguous conditions, you’ve chosen the wrong calling.”

Here’s a look at Dr. Klasko’s tandem jump.

Video editing by Amy Mariani, story by Lisa Greene, and photos by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications
Photos in sky taken by Sgt. Major Russ McDaniel, Ret. Army