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From left to right, recently promoted faculty include John Liederbach, Hee Soon Lee, Lynne Hewitt, Mary-Jon Ludy and Tim Brackenbury with new Interim Dean Sue Houston.
From left to right, recently promoted faculty include John Liederbach, Hee Soon Lee, Lynne Hewitt, Mary-Jon Ludy and Tim Brackenbury with new Interim Dean Sue Houston.

A message from the Dean
As we begin a new academic year at BGSU, let me introduce myself as the Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Dean Marie Huff has returned to her home state as Dean of the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. The college and University are thankful for Dean Huff's leadership and contributions over the past several years. We all wish her well in her new endeavors. Her strong leadership and the welcoming faculty, staff and students have made the transition into my new position very positive. I have served in a number of roles at BGSU, first as a faculty member in the food and nutrition program, as an associate dean, and as a vice provost. I'm thoroughly enjoying learning about the programs and activities of the college. We have completed our opening retreats, greeted new and returning students and the new semester is off and running. We will be moving forward with new faculty searches, new program development and initiatives this year as the University conducts a national search for the next Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

We welcomed approximately 525 new freshmen and transfer undergraduate students and 120 new graduate students this fall. Enrollment in the college continues to grow. We are excited to welcome five new full-time faculty and two new staff members to the college.

The college has launched several new programs: a degree completion program for students with an associate's degree to complete a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health; the Master of Social Work (MSW); and a graduate specialization in long-term care for students seeking the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology (LTC-MSIG) degree. The MSW degree gives students the skills and knowledge needed for advanced social work practice, with a focus in the field of aging/gerontology. The MSW program is off to a great start with over 20 students enrolled. The long-term care specialization includes the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board (NAB) required Administrator in Training (AIT/internship) experience. Students who complete this specialization are able to sit for the Ohio and federal nursing home administration licensure exams. We'll be telling you about some other new programs currently in development in upcoming newsletters.

Increasingly we are providing new and popular programs in flexible formats that meet the needs of working professionals who are expanding or changing their careers. A blend of online, face-to-face, hybrid, evening and flexibly scheduled courses provides exciting opportunities to engage students and professionals. Please explore our programs and let us know about other programs you'd like to see offered in traditional or flexible formats.

Five faculty in the college began the new academic year with milestone promotions. Congratulations to Dr. Tim Brackenbury (communication sciences and disorders), Dr. Lynne Hewitt (communication sciences and disorders) and Dr. John Liederbach (criminal justice) for promotion to full professor; and to Dr. Hee Soon Lee (social work) and Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy (food and nutrition) for receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor. Accolades also go to Dr. Jason Whitfield (communication sciences and disorders) for receiving the Clyde Willis Faculty Research Award; to Dr. Peggy Adams (social work) for recognition as the Outstanding Faculty Mentor in the college; and to Ms. Amy Sheldrick (academic advising) for winning the prestigious University Spirit of BG Award.

Please make note of some of the great stories about our faculty and students that have made a splash on the University's main website.

Thanks for taking the time to check in with us.

Best regards,

M. Sue Houston, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services



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In the Spotlight
From left to right, college and University award recipients Jason Whitfield, Peggy Adams and Amy Sheldrick. From left to right, college and University award recipients Jason Whitfield, Peggy Adams and Amy Sheldrick.
Upcoming Events
September 19 - Optimal Aging Institute Community Fair
October 13-15 - Homecoming
October 18 – Project Connect Wood County
November 3 - Food and Nutrition Symposium