College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi has
assembled an eclectic mix of experts, public officials and health
care professionals to serve as members of the newly formed Dean's
Composed of 17 members from the
United States, Mexico and Canada, the volunteer advisory board
will assist Dr. Peter Fos in achieving the dean's dual mission of
growing the college and enhancing its image. The council plans to
convene later this semester.
"The members of the Dean's Council possess a
collective experience and expertise that is unparalleled,"
said Fos, dean of the College of Health. "As the college moves
forward in an attempt to achieve its strategic objectives, the Dean's
Council will prove to be a crucial asset for me and the faculty,
students and staff.
The Dean's Advisory Council provides a unique perspective
because it consists of Southern Miss alumni and leaders from Mississippi,
other parts of the United States and the world, Fos said.
"The opportunity to interact with this distinguished
group of individuals is exciting both to me and the entire College
Other objectives of the board will be to function
as ambassadors to promote the college's successes; foster collaboration
among the departments of the college; share personal industry perspectives
and experiences; assist in aligning educational curriculum and opportunities
(research, co-op, etc.); provide feedback about college issues;
and cultivate alumni and friends to support the college.
"I consider it an honor and a high privilege
to serve on this council," said Dr. Brian Amy, state health
officer and head of the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Having a diverse group is critical to the council's
mission, said Amy, who has also served as an adjunct professor at
Southern Miss, Tulane University and the University of Mississippi
Medical Center. "It takes a team to solve our problems, and
with this council we have a whole host of different backgrounds
and perspectives," he said.
"One of the things our department is trying to
do is become more involved with academia. I think there is a natural
link between the Department of Health and the academic side, whether
it's helping to analyze all the data collected (at the university),
or moving data into information and that information into knowledge.
Doing these things will help the state of public health in Mississippi."
Another council member, Dr. Dennis Ranalli, said the
advisory group will examine different programs to locate untapped
potential in terms of grant money and exposure.
"Whatever it takes to get more recognition for
the college, that's what we'll do," said Ranalli, senior associate
dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
and team dentist for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team.
Inaugural council members include Dr. Brian Amy of
Jackson; John Dalaly of Farmington Hills, Mich.(chairman and CEO
of IPC International Inc.); Dr. Beverly Dale of Los Altos, Calif.
(B.S. in microbiology, 1968, Southern Miss); Rep. Dirk Dedeaux of
Perkinston (Mississippi House District 93); David Fine of Houston,
Texas (president and CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System);
Dr. Ron Graham of Gulfport (orthopedic surgeon, BSBA, 1965, Southern
Miss); Dr. Carlen McLin of New Orleans, La. (associate dean of the
Division of Natural Sciences at Dillard University); M.C. Guillermo
Montalvo of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (director of the Sports Medicine
Institute at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán).
Other members are William Oliver of Hattiesburg (president
and CEO of Forrest General Hospital); Thad Pearson of Houston, Texas
(president of Statewide Physical Medicine Group); Dr. Dennis Ranalli
of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dr. Susan Silverton of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
(vice president of academic-Anglophone affairs at Laurentian University);
Rep. Clayton Smith of Brandon (Mississippi House District 59); Greg
Strahan of Tupelo (vice president of business development and clinics
for North Mississippi Health Services, BSBA, 1975, Southern Miss);
Dr. James Thompson of Milton, Fla. (owner and CEO of Healthmark
Corporation, B.A., 1958, Southern Miss); Martha Thornton of Hattiesburg
(B.S. in library science, 1980, Southern Miss); Dr. Hugh Tilson
of Chapel Hill, N.C. (senior advisor to the dean of the School of
Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
For more information about the College of Health Dean's
Advisory Council, call (601) 266-5882.