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ETSU interviewing three for dean of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences


JOHNSON CITY (October 15, 2013) – East Tennessee State University will interview three candidates for the position of dean of the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences over the next two weeks.

An ETSU committee formed to find the next dean has conducted a search that elicited applications from health care leaders around the country. The committee, which is chaired by Dr. Wendy Nehring, ETSU’s dean of nursing, has identified three candidates who will visit campus for a series of interviews with university leadership, faculty, staff and students. The candidates are:

Dr. Thomas Birk, associate professor of physical therapy and past chair of the Department of Health Care Sciences at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University;

Dr. Michael Crary, professor of speech-language pathology and director of the Swallowing Research Laboratory at the University of Florida; and

Dr. Don Samples, interim dean and professor with the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

Interviews with each candidate will be conducted over a three-day period. Birk will interview Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 16-18; Crary will interview Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 21-23; and Samples will interview Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 23-25.

ETSU will hire a new dean to replace Dr. Nancy Scherer, who accepted a position at Arizona State University as chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU’s vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer, appointed the search committee.

 “I appreciate the fine work by Dr. Nehring and the search committee in identifying three excellent candidates,” Bishop said. “The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences provides a wide array of opportunities and career paths for our students, and I look forward to hearing each candidate define his vision for the future of the college.”

The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences is online at

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