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ODU Announces Search for College of Health Sciences Dean

Andrew Balas, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University, will step down at the end of the academic year, Provost Carol Simpson announced.

A national search, chaired by Batten College of Engineering and Technology Dean Oktay Baysal, for a new dean will begin this spring, the provost added.

Balas has served as dean since 2004. During that time, the College of Health Sciences has seen substantial growth in student numbers, strengthened connections with the military and with regional health care industry partners, and growth in the important areas of scholarship and research.

"The quality and quantity of scholarship and externally funded research in the college continue to improve and as a result are bringing national recognition to several of our health sciences programs," Simpson noted. "I hope that we are fortunate enough to recruit someone who is as enthusiastic about Old Dominion University and as supportive of each of the various schools in the college as Dr. Balas has been."

Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university, with more than 24,000 students and innovative and engaging teaching in 70 bachelor's, 60 master's and 36 doctoral degree programs. A determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships with government, business, industry, organizations, and the arts.

This article was posted on: January 12, 2010

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