A new leader is just what the doctor ordered.
The McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University named Dr. Mark Smith the new dean.
“Health-related careers are in high demand, and so are the degrees that open doors to those opportunities,” said Provost Frank Einhellig. “We sought a dean who would work with the faculty and with the health community in assuring that our programs are meeting the needs of our students as they fill critical roles in health care.”
Smith will tackle that challenge. He will assume the role on Aug. 1.
Interim Dean Letitia White-Minnis will resume her previous associate dean duties.
The Board of Governors will confirm Smith’s appointment at its June meeting.
Record of service
Since 2014, Smith has served as the associate dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).
In the 10 years prior to this appointment, he moved through the professorial ranks at UNC. His faculty activities included coordinating several undergraduate and graduate programs.
Smith earned his Ph.D. in physical education and sport instruction from the University of Georgia. He earned his master’s degree at Western Carolina University and received his bachelor’s degree from Brunel University College in London, England.
Appointment follows national search
The appointment follows an extensive national search process that resulted in 35 applicants.
Nine candidates were interviewed as semi-finalists and three came to campus for more extensive interviews.