University of Southern Mississippi has completed its search for
the leadership of its reorganized academic structure with the selection
of Dr. Pete Fos as dean of the Southern Miss College of Health.
serves as chief science officer for the Mississippi State Department
of Health, and in that capacity also serves as senior deputy to
the state health officer and oversees the Offices of Science and
Evaluation and Health Decision Science. He also has an extensive
background in academics, having held both faculty and administrative
posts at several universities, including Tulane University and the
University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Prior to working
in academics, he practiced general dentistry in the New Orleans
area for approximately 10 years.
excited about the opportunity to come to Southern Miss, in part
because of the exciting opportunities presented by the new College
of Health," Fos said. "I believe my experience working
at the state level, combined with my background in academics, gives
me a well-rounded perspective that can provide the college with
the leadership to help make the university a better place for our
faculty, staff and students."
Southern Miss changed its academic structure from nine colleges
to five, resulting in administrative savings costs of more than
$1 million, the majority of which was reallocated into instruction.
Dr. Fos to the university's administrative team," said Southern
Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames. "We're fortunate to have
someone with his vast and varied expertise to lead the College of
his appreciation to Dr. Joan Exline for her service as interim dean
of the college.
grateful to Dr. Exline for her leadership as interim dean,"
Thames said. "We look forward to her continued service in the
future as a member of the college's faculty, as she puts her outstanding
skills as an educator to work, helping students prepare for rewarding
futures in their chosen careers."
Dr. Rex Gandy,
dean of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology, chaired
the search committee that selected Fos. He commended the search
committee for developing "an outstanding list of finalists"
for the post.
of dean applicants for the College of Health was very strong,"
Gandy said. "President Thames and Provost (Tim) Hudson deserve
praise for recruiting Dr. Fos to Southern Miss. He brings a wealth
of experience in academia and health administration to the position."
a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans and earned
his D.D.S. from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
School of Dentistry. He also received a master of public health
and a doctorate from Tulane University.
cited Fos' diverse background in clinical, research and academic
settings as a strong asset for leadership of the college.
and enthusiasm will serve Southern Miss well as he leads the College
of Health toward what will no doubt be an exciting future filled
with opportunities for students, faculty, staff and stakeholders,"