Colleges to merge pending trustee approval

December 16, 2015 | News, UToday, — Health Sciences, — Social Justice and Human Service, Judith Herb College of Education
By Jon Strunk

The merger of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Social Justice and Human Service will go before the Board of Trustees in January for its consideration following the conceptual approval by The University of Toledo’s president, interim provost, and the colleges’ faculty and administration.

The newly named College of Health and Human Services will be established July 1 and will be led by Dr. Christopher Ingersoll, dean of the College of Health Sciences. Ingersoll also will serve as interim dean of the College of Social Justice and Human Service from January through July following the retirement in December of Dr. Thomas Gutteridge.

“Thank you for your support for this merger,” Ingersoll wrote in a memo distributed to both colleges. “I look forward to working with you, individually and collectively, as appropriate to transform this agreement into reality.”

Ingersoll wrote that the college councils had already initiated discussions about the merger and will be moving forward to draft a new constitution and bylaws.

Faculty and leaders in the two colleges also will work in the coming semester to organize the new college’s programs into four schools. In addition, UT’s public health program will be housed in the College of Health and Human Services, and the higher education program will shift to the Judith Herb College of Education.

The program groupings for the four to-be-named schools will be:

School 1
Health Care Administration
Health Education
Health Information Administration
Public Health

School 2

Criminal Justice
Legal Specialties
Social Work

School 3
Athletic Training
Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Recreation Administration
Recreational Therapy

School 4
Counselor Education
School Psychology
Speech-Language Pathology

Chairs for each school will be identified in the months ahead according to institutional policy.

“I would like to thank the faculty of the colleges of Health Science and Social Justice and Human Service, as well as Dean Gutteridge, Dean Ingersoll and Interim Provost John Barrett for their leadership in this area,” said UT President Sharon L. Gaber. “The new College of Health and Human Services will strengthen educational, research and patient care opportunities for our students and our faculty.”

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