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ETSU appoints Samples interim dean of College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

JOHNSON CITY (June 11, 2013) – East Tennessee State University has appointed Dr. Donald Samples as interim dean for the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

A member of the ETSU faculty since 1990, Samples has served the college as associate dean for Academic Affairs since 2008 and was formerly chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences. He is a professor with the ETSU cardiopulmonary science program.

Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer, appointed Samples to the post to replace Dr. Nancy Scherer, who resigned to accept a position as chair of Arizona State University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

ETSU is conducting a nationwide search to identify a permanent dean, Bishop said.

“The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences is one of the most diverse colleges in the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center, with a broad range of disciplines that focus on preparing students for careers in diagnostic and preventive health care,” Bishop said. “Under Dr. Scherer’s leadership, the college enjoyed an era of expansion in academic programming, clinical care, interprofessional education and research.

“As associate dean, Dr. Samples has been an integral part of that growth, so he is the ideal person to maintain continuity and forward progress as we conduct a search to identify a permanent dean.”

In addition to his accomplishments in academic administration and teaching, Samples is particularly noted for his expertise in the area of sleep science. He is a member of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education, the national accrediting body for sleep programs.

Samples received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ETSU as well as a doctor of education degree in educational leadership policy analysis. He also holds a certificate in respiratory therapy from ETSU and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Tennessee.