HHS Announces New Appointments and Searches

HHS Extension

ANGIE ABBOTT of HHS Extension recently completed a doctorate in education. Her title has now changed from “Program Leader and Associate Director of HHS Extension” to “Program Leader and Assistant Dean of HHS Extension.” Abbott also serves as associate director of Purdue Extension, a position she’s held since August 2014.

Nutrition Science

On Jan. 1, Nutrition Science welcomed MICHELE FORMAN as professor and department head. Forman, who was previously the David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor in Nutrition at The University of Texas at Austin, holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on women’s health throughout the life course. Forman succeeds Connie Weaver, who remains on faculty after serving 25 years as department head.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

RICH GHISELLI, professor and head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has assumed the additional role of interim head for the Department of Consumer Science. Richard Feinberg, who previously served as the department’s interim head, remains on faculty.


JANE KIRKPATRICK retired as professor and head of the School of Nursing in July 2017. This fall, Kirkpatrick returned to the school as professor emeritus and interim head while a national search for the new head is underway.

Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences welcomed DAVID ROLLOCK as department head on July 1. Rollock, who continues to serve as professor of clinical psychology, joined the Purdue faculty in 1988. With a doctorate from Yale University, his research interests include adjustment to American mainstream contact and cultural transition among ethnocultural minority group members. Rollock succeeds Chris Agnew, who remains on the social psychology faculty after serving for eight years as department head. In July, Agnew was selected to serve as the associate vice president for research, regulatory affairs at Purdue University.

Health Sciences

This fall, a search was launched for the new head of the School of Health Sciences. CHARLES SANTERRE, professor of nutrition science, will serve as interim head of Health Sciences during the search. Wei Zheng served as head of the school from 2008-17. He remains on faculty.

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