March 23, 2007
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Search for new public health dean begins

A search committee comprised of both Health Science Center leaders and community leaders has been charged to identify qualified candidates for the position of dean for the School of Public Health. Led by Jerry Simecka, PhD, chairman of molecular biology and immunology, the committee held its first meeting this week. Thomas Yorio, PhD, senior vice president for research, and acting dean, is co-chair of the committee. Witt Kieffer, an executive search firm that specializes in healthcare recruitment, will work with the committee to meet the goal of selecting a new dean by June (in order to have him or her begin work by September). Former Dean Fernando Trevino, PhD, MPH, assumed a full-time faculty role as professor of health management and policy March 5.

Members of the search committee are: Harvey Brenner, PhD, chair of social and behavioral sciences; Lou Brewer, RN, MPH, director of the Tarrant County Public Health Department; Katie Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of epidemiology and a 1999 GSBS graduate; Eric Johnson, PhD, MD, MPH, DTPH, chair of epidemiology; Amy Raines, MPH, a Women’s Health Initiative team leader for the City of Fort Worth Public Health Department and a 1999 SPH graduate; Bernie Rubin, DO, MPH, chief of rheumatology; Karan Singh, PhD, chair of biostatistics and interim chair of health management and policy; Ximena Urrutia-Rojas, DrPH, RN, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences; and Val Wilkie Jr., executive director of the Sid Richardson Foundation, which has been a longtime supporter of the Health Science Center’s public health initiatives.

View a draft position description for the School of Public Health dean.

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