Finalists for Health and Human Services Dean to Visit Campus

January 24, 2020 | Events, News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

Four finalists have been selected for the position of dean of the College of Health and Human Services following a nationwide search.

Each candidate will visit The University of Toledo during January and February. The candidates are:

• Dr. Gary Sayed, professor of radiological science at California State University at Dominguez Hills.

• Dr. MaryBeth Horodyski, research program director of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and professor of physical therapy at the University of Florida.

• Dr. Mark A. Merrick, director of the Athletic Training Division and associate professor of health and rehabilitation sciences at Ohio State University.

• Dr. Velmer S. Burton Jr., senior vice chancellor for university strategy and performance, and professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The first candidate to visit campus will be Sayed, who will participate in three open forums Monday, Jan. 27. An open forum with faculty will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by open forums for College of Health and Human Services’ professional and support staff at 9:45 a.m. and students at 3:15 p.m. The faculty and student forums will be held in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. The support staff forum will be held in Health and Human Services Building Room 1712.

Forums for additional candidates are being scheduled. For more information about the open forums and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitae, visit the UToledo Provost Office’s dean search website.

Reporting to the provost and the executive vice president for academic affairs, the dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Health and Human Services and is responsible for implementing the strategic plan of the college to advance its academic programs in population health, social justice, exercise and rehabilitation sciences, and intervention and wellness.

In leading the college, the dean works to attract and retain students, faculty and staff; oversees accreditation, assessment and evaluation; supports research, scholarship and grant-seeking; actively participates in fundraising; and pursues collaborations with corporations and other organizations.

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