Project HOPE international executive named as
ETSU’s Dean of Public and Allied Health
Dr. Randy Wykoff
JOHNSON CITY – Following an extensive
national search, Dr. Randy Wykoff has been named
Dean of the College of Public and Allied Health at
East Tennessee State University. The announcement
was made by ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr.
and Dr. Ronald D. Franks, Dean of Medicine and Vice
President for Health Affairs during a news
Wykoff will become Dean of the new College of
Public Health once it is established in 2007. He is
currently the Senior Vice President for
International Operations at Project HOPE, one of
the nation’s most respected international
non-profit organizations, where he is responsible
for all international programs and oversees more
than 400 employees working in 30 countries.
At Project HOPE, he has provided oversight for
initiatives in tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS,
children’s health, maternal and reproductive
health, micro-enterprise, health facility
development, health professional education,
humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.
“Dr. Wykoff will provide pivotal leadership
as ETSU develops the first free-standing College of
Public Health in Tennessee,” Franks said.
“Our new dean is one of the world’s top
executives in the public health field, and I could
not be more pleased that our university was
successful in recruiting him for this position. His
public health experience will add significantly to
the school’s national prestige.” Prior
to working for Project HOPE, Wykoff was Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
During his tenure, he was responsible for
coordinating the implementation of Healthy People
2010, the nation’s comprehensive health plan.
He also worked with the Surgeon General on major
initiatives involving obesity and promoting sexual
health and responsible behavior. While working for
DHHS, he was awarded the Surgeon General’s
Medallion, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
Public Health Service.
He also held positions with the Food and Drug
Administration as Associate Commissioner for
Operations and Associate Commissioner for AIDS and
Special Health Issues.
Prior to joining the federal government, Wykoff
was responsible for overseeing all public health
activities in a rural six-county area of South
Carolina. Wykoff holds four degrees from Tulane
University, including the doctor of medicine,
master of public health in tropical medicine,
bachelor of science, and bachelor of arts. He
completed a residency in pediatrics at the
University of Virginia, and a residency in
preventive medicine through the department of
tropical medicine at Tulane. Wykoff’s
research has been published in numerous journals,
including the Journal of the American Medical
Association, The New England Journal of Medicine,
Southern Medical Journal, and the Journal of the
International Association of Physicians in AIDS
Care. He and his wife are the parents of five
The developing College of Public Health will be a
part of ETSU’s Division of Health Sciences.
With this nationally recognized designation, ETSU
will be eligible to compete for major extramural
grant opportunities from several new funding
sources. Plans are for the college to be composed
of five departments and to offer a Ph.D. program in
environmental health sciences, which was recently
approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, as well
as a doctor of public health degree.