Search committee named for new health college dean
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A search advisory committee has been named to help find a new dean for Purdue University's College of Health and Human Sciences.
The new college was launched in the summer of July 2010 as part of Purdue's New Synergies strategic plan to realign nine academic units and elevate Purdue's reputation in health and human sciences.
"The dean of this college will have an exciting opportunity to facilitate a future that will see this college emerge as a leader in health policy, research and education," said Timothy Sands, Purdue's executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "The dean will be dedicated to helping researchers in health and human sciences expand external funding opportunities for their work. The dean also will seek support for new facilities that will enhance the care patients receive in the college's clinics and expand the college's laboratory and learning spaces. Many of the college's programs have a strong history in providing services for the state, and this leader will continue that mission while helping our land-grant university expand impact nationally and globally."
The dean's leadership also will focus on enhancing the college's infrastructure and staffing and working to attract even better prepared students and outstanding faculty who will contribute to a stronger and more diverse community of scholars, Sands said.
Willie Reed, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the search committee. Other members include:
* Angie Abbott, Family Nutrition Program coordinator
* Christopher Agnew, professor and head of the Department of Psychological Sciences
* Liping Cai, professor of hospitality and tourism management and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences
* Doran French, professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies
* Jessica Huber, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences
* Elise Leung, an undergraduate student in the Department of Health and Kinesiology
* Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science
* Sonia Pierce, administrative assistant in the School of Nursing
* John Rousselle, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management
* Judy Schumaker, director of advancement for the College of Health and Human Sciences
* Keith Stantz, associate professor of health sciences
* Nancy Strickler, clinical associate professor of consumer sciences and retailing
* Thomas Templin, professor of health and kinesiology
* Laura Vanderdrift, graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences
* Karen Yehle, assistant professor of nursing
* Paul Ziemer, professor emeritus of health sciences
There are more than 4,500 undergraduate and 500 graduate students in the College of Health and Human Sciences, as well as 207 faculty and 391 staff members. The college is home to the departments of Consumer Sciences and Retailing; Health and Kinesiology; Human Development and Family Studies; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; and the schools of Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Nursing. The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences was recently ranked nationally. The college's nine distinguished professors are in the departments of Psychological Sciences; Human Development and Family Studies; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; and Nutrition Science. The Department of Nutrition Science also is home to a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Christine Ladisch currently is serving a two-year term as inaugural dean, an appointment that continues through June.
"Christine Ladisch has provided the college a strong start and successfully led the transition of these academic units from three other colleges," Sands said. "We are taking the next step for permanent leadership to build on this foundation."
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