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Posted: December 16, 2004

ANDERSON NAMED DEAN OF NEW SCHOOL AND ACTING SENIOR VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS


anderson.jpg Warren Anderson, EdD, was named the dean of the new School of Health Professions at the November UNT System Board of Regents meeting and the acting senior vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Anderson was named the acting senior vice president of academic affairs, following the departure of Greg McQueen, PhD, on Dec. 31. Dr. Anderson will assume his newest position on Jan. 1 and will continue to also serve as chairman of the education department and director of biomedical communications.

As acting senior vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Anderson will oversee strategic planning for the institution, student affairs, the library, and information technology services.

“Dr. Anderson has many years of experience in academic program development, administration, and accreditation in three nationally-recognized academic centers,” said Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. “He is a natural for the position.”

Dr. Anderson’s appointment as acting senior vice president of academic affairs followed the approval of Dr. McQueen as the senior vice president of institutional advancement for the University of North Texas.

The newest school at the health science center, the School of Health Professions, was approved by the Board of Regents May 20 and by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board July 8. The new school was announced on Sept. 23, bringing the number of schools to four at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The THECB allowed the new school to be created from existing departments--the Department of Psychology and the Department of Education.

The Department of Psychology currently collaborates with the University of North Texas in offering the university’s doctoral Clinical Psychology Program in Health Psychology and Behavior Medicine. The department has been in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the health science center.

The Department of Education provides instruction for students in all health science center degree programs but currently is not part of an existing college or school.

“Putting the Department of Education within the School of Health Professions clarifies its academic role in the health science center and helps promote its growth,” Dr. Blanck said.

The new school will begin without additional faculty, staff, state funding or other operating resources as per the implementation request to the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

According to Dr. Anderson, the new school will move slowly in its first few years, gauging the needs of the community and the health science center.

“We’ll certainly entertain and consider any suggestions that we get from our people here,” Dr. Anderson said. “But there has to be a planning process that looks at the wisdom of all suggestions. Creation of the new school is a strategic direction for the future of the health science center. It’s a statement of where we want to go in the future.”

The new School of Health Professions will focus on programs commonly termed allied health.

Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology at Iowa State University, his master of science degree in the same field at San Diego State University and his EdD at Indiana University. He worked at Michigan State University from 1971 to 1975 as an assistant professor in the Office of medical Education, Research and Development before coming to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine as an associate dean in 1976. He currently lives in Keller.

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