Message from the Dean

Dear Alumni, Friends, Faculty, Staff, and Students,

A little over 10 months ago I saw the Chronicle of Higher Education announcement of the search for the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  The potential opportunities associated with this position resulted in my interest in learning more about the College’s programs, research, and people.  My investigations led me to understand that not only would this positon provide me with an opportunity to return to my Alma Mater in a leadership position, but it also was an incredible opportunity to lead a successful and innovative college.  I had no other choice than to apply for the job and hope for the best.

Now, a short time later, it feels like a dream that I am here as the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences.  I get to revel each day in the outstanding programs offered by the departments and units; the innovative research being conducted by college faculty and staff; and the deep and meaningful connections my faculty, staff, and programs have across campus, and with the local communities, state, nation, and world.  I go home each day with a smile on my face. Honors for students, faculty, and staff, and programs and interactions with faculty, staff, students, friends, and alumni provide me with illustrations of the excellence of the College of Applied Health Sciences.  I not only get to witness this excellence but also to hear others around campus speak to the quality of the College, and celebrate the fact that the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs rank highly in many rating systems.  We are committed to our students’ success, making our communities more inclusive, and improving the health of people all over the world. 

The College is widening its impact as we educate increasing numbers of students.  This year we admitted 41% more undergraduate students than we did two years ago and courses from each College of AHS department were selected to be part of the campus-wide Grand Challenges undergraduate initiative, thus reaching many students beyond our majors.

We are off to a great year.