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Released Februrary 12, 2004

By Angela Cutrer

HATTIESBURG - Four candidates are interviewing through the month of March for the dean's position at The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health.

Stephen C. Anderson is meeting with university officials this week. A professor at the University of Florida, Anderson has studied, taught, researched and provided professional service in therapeutic recreation for more than 35 years. He served as chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at the University of Florida for seven years.

He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in recreation, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, at Indiana State University. He did advanced studies at Appalachian State University and completed a doctorate in recreation, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, at the University of Maryland. He is certified as a park and recreation professional by the National Recreation and Park Association and as a therapeutic recreation specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Dr. Gilmour Reeve comes to campus March 2-5. A professor at Texas Tech University, he is the chair of the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences. He has serves as director of strategic planning for the university to promote planning and assessment as a university-wide activity,

He has held the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professorship in Education and served as the assistant department chair and graduate program officer in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Auburn University. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master of education degree from Texas Tech. He earned his doctorate at Texas A & M University. Reeve's research focuses on human information processing aspects of motor skill acquisition and motor control, and psychological factors related to physical performance and motor development.

Dr. Peter Fos, who will interview March 8-10, is currently employed as chief science officer of the Mississippi State Department of Health. He serves as senior deputy to the state health officer and currently holds teaching appointments at several universities.

Fos earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans; a D.D.S. from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry; a master's of public health in health systems management from Tulane University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and a doctorate in health care decision analysis from Tulane. He has experience as a professional dentist and an academic faculty member, and has championed public health practices, health professions education, and health care management.

Dr. Joan Exline will interview March 11-12. An associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Southern Miss, she presently serves as interim dean of the College of Health. She is also a consultant to physician groups and health care providers in strategic planning, program evaluation, economic impact assessments, medical staff development and practice enhancement,

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana University; a master of health services administration degree from the University of Michigan; and a doctorate in political science from Wayne State University. She received the College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000-2001; and received a postdoctorate fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs in association with Duke University in 1996-1997. She has experience as a professor, consultant, administrator, vice president, and editor and as a manager of business development.

"As chair of the College of Health dean's search committee, I am very pleased with the high quality of the candidates we are bringing to campus during the next month," said Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss.

"We feel we have four highly qualified individuals and we look forward to meeting with them."


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