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University of Tennessee
Sheila Champlin – (901) 448-4957
University of Tennessee
College of Graduate Health Sciences
Memphis, Tenn. (February 10, 2009) – Today, Chancellor
Hershel P. Wall, MD, announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center (UTHSC) has restructured its College of Graduate Health Sciences
(CGHS). Founded in 1928, the college
offers seven highly sought advanced degree programs and has graduated nearly
1,200 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Dental Science
Ed Schneider, PhD, interim dean for the
CGHS, has stepped down. Dr. Schneider,
former associate dean in the CGHS and professor of Physiology, came out of retirement
18 months ago to serve as the interim dean.
“Ed has served admirably and enthusiastically,” Chancellor Wall said. Cheryl Scheid, PhD, vice chancellor of
Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, who serves as the UTHSC provost, has
been named interim dean for CGHS until a permanent dean is hired.
the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (IPBS) will remain part of the College of Graduate Health
Sciences but will be overseen by the College of Medicine. “IPBS has been taught by faculty in the basic
science departments in the College
of Medicine and at St.
Jude,” Chancellor Wall noted. “This
program has been very ably directed by Dr. Pat Ryan, associate professor of
Molecular Sciences.” With the
restructuring, IPBS will now be administered by an associate dean in the UTHSC College
of Medicine. The associate dean will
oversee all of the graduate programs under the College of Medicine
— epidemiology, biomedical engineering and imaging, MD/PhD and IPBS. Those programs in the other colleges of the Health Science
Center will remain in
place; i.e., students who
enroll at UTHSC to earn advanced degrees in Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry,
Nursing and Pharmacy
will continue to enroll through the CGHS.
“Over the past
year, a task force reevaluated the structure of the college and employed the
services of external consultants to develop recommendations for restructuring,”
Chancellor Wall said. Chaired by Dr. Scheid,
the task force was composed of faculty from all six Health Science
Center colleges and from St.
Jude, which has a long and close association with the graduate school, as well
as with members of the administration.
It also included representation from the graduate student leadership. Three consultants from the graduate schools
of the University
Vanderbilt and Emory studied the situation, meeting with faculty, students and
administrators at UTHSC and St. Jude.
struggling with substantial reductions to the Health Science
Center budget, this was
not a major factor in our restructuring plan,” Dr. Wall observed. “On the contrary, we are committed to
maintaining the integrity of all colleges on our campus throughout the ongoing
financial challenge of reduced state appropriations.”
added, “We feel that the changes, now reviewed and discussed with all those
involved in the CGHS, have ensured the integrity of the college and will
significantly enhance the stature of the graduate program here and among our
flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health
of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training
opportunities, the main campus is
located in Memphis
and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health
Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.