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BOT Endorses School of Health & Human Sciences

032311Feature_SchoolOfHHSThe Board of Trustees voted March 17 to create a School of Health and Human Sciences. If approved by the UNC system’s Board of Governors, the new school would replace the School of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) and the School of Health and Human Performance (HHP) on July 1.

The new school would have seven departments – communication sciences and disorders, human development and family studies, kinesiology, nutrition, recreation and gerontology, social work, and public health education – and the Genetic Counseling Program.

“This restructuring reflects UNCG’s focus on health, wellness and quality of life across the lifespan,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “In the years ahead it will create new opportunities in what is already one of our areas of strength.”

Two departments in HES are slated to become parts of other campus units. The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies would move to the Bryan School of Business and Economics; the Department of Interior Architecture will join the College of Arts and Sciences in a previously announced move.

The Recreation Program in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management in HHP would merge with the Gerontology Program to form a Department of Recreation and Gerontology in the new school, while its Hospitality and Tourism Management Program would move to the Bryan School.

At the Trustees meeting, five faculty members – Dr. Jonathon Tudge, Dr. Bill Dudley, Dr. David Demo, Dr. Bob Strack and Dr. Susan Dennison – spoke from the floor after the provost gave a presentation about the proposal. The trustees’ vote affirming the plan was unanimous.

The trustees also voted to appoint Dr. Celia Routh Hooper dean of the new school during the upcoming transition. She has been dean of HHP since 2008 and was interim dean 2007-08. The university plans to launch a nationwide search for a permanent dean no later than July 2012 and to make an appointment no later than July 2013.

“Hooper has helped strengthen the School of HHP’s offices of research, academic programs and academic outreach and has supported development of the telepractice program at Gateway University Research Park and the UNCG Early/Middle College,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin. “She will provide positive leadership in organizing the new school.”

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Mike Harris
Visual: Provost Perrin speaks to the trustees about the proposal.