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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 conference today.

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 children.

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.

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