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West Virginia Names Leader for School of Public Health

Dr. Gregory A. Hand, associate dean for research and practice at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, has been named the founding dean of the West Virginia University School of Public Health.


[Photo:Dr. Gregory A. Hand]

WVU Health Sciences chancellor Dr. Christopher Colenda, who made the appointment, said, “Dr. Hand is an experienced public health scientist, educational administrator, and civic leader. We are very happy to have him at WVU.”

Dr. Hand currently oversees the Arnold School’s offices of Research, Public Health Practice, and Information Technology. He is a professor of exercise science and is the principal investigator for the South Carolina Public Health Training Center. Dr. Hand’s first priority upon his arrival will be to lead the process of obtaining the School’s initial accreditation from the Council on Education in Public Health.

“West Virginia’s health challenges are many, and our young School of Public Health is quickly establishing itself as a research and outreach leader through a commitment to reversing discouraging trends,” said WVU President E. Gordon Gee.  “Dr. Hand’s strong and enthusiastic dedication to public health will greatly benefit the School, our University, and the people of our state.”

Dr. Hand earned his doctorate in physiology and neurobiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Moss Heart Center in Dallas and went on to earn his master’s in public health while a faculty member at the University of South Carolina.

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