Dean for School of Public Health

West Virginia University Health Sciences is conducting a search for the School of Public Health. All interested parties are invited to review the information below.

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The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health seeks a visionary, dynamic, and innovative leader to serve as Dean. This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader with an unwavering commitment to excellence in education, research, advocacy, and community engagement. The school is committed to continuous development as a high-quality academic institution, with unique responsibilities to the State of West Virginia and committed to impacting national and international audiences with its research and outreach programs. The School of Public Health is part of the WVU Health Sciences Center which includes the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine (including School of Medicine Health Professions), Nursing, and Pharmacy.

The WVU School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and, as the only fully accredited public health school in the state, is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in various public health disciplines at the BS, MPH, MHA, MS and PhD levels, as well as certificate programs. The West Virginia University School of Public Health is dedicated to tackling critical public health issues facing the citizens of West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

The Dean will establish the strategic direction for the School of Public Health and has responsibility for all students, faculty, and staff within the school. Duties of the Dean include management and coordination of the school and for implementing its plans, programs, services, and scholarly and research endeavors. Leading the academic, research, and public service programs; budget and resource allocation; fund raising and external development; and representation of the school to various constituencies impacting West Virginia University at the local, regional, national, and global levels are key responsibilities.

As an inspiring leader, the Dean will work to promote mentoring and development of faculty, staff, and students. The Dean will foster an inclusive and diverse culture across the school. The Dean will successfully leverage existing collaborative opportunities within the Health Sciences Center and across the University, while developing opportunities to expand internal and external partnerships. As a champion of the school, the Dean will facilitate relationships linking the work of the school’s faculty and students to other disciplines, communities, and interests within and outside of the school, including departments of health, healthcare organizations and providers, business entities and governmental agencies, among others is a high priority. The Dean, as the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the school, reports directly to the Chancellor and Executive Dean for Health Sciences and to the University’s Provost.


  • Candidates must hold a terminal degree in public health or a closely related discipline with successful leadership in public health. health or a clinical doctorate (such as, but not limited to MD, DO, or DNP) and a Master degree in public health or a closely related discipline.
  • Ten or more years of substantial and sequential administrative experience in higher education with five or more years of experience in senior administrative leadership relevant to public health, education, and research including financial oversight of significant programs.
  • Demonstration of successful fiscal and personnel management is expected, as well as creative, innovative program development. A commitment to mentoring and career development of faculty and staff as well as dedication to a culture of creativity, community building and partnership is essential.
  • Additional qualifications include a proven record of competitive, externally funded, nationally recognized research as a principal investigator. Proven record of recruitment, teaching and mentoring of students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, commitment to growth of innovative educational programs, expertise with trainee and faculty recruiting and retention, and demonstration of transparent leadership, cross-disciplinary team building, and contribution to institutional growth are required.
  • Preferred applicants will have academic credentials that merit appointment as a full Professor with tenure.

Application Status

We are accepting applications for this position.


  • Candidate Screening
  • Virtual Interviews
  • Onsite Interviews
  • Final Interviews
  • Final Recommendation

Search Committee

Louise Veselicky, DDS
Search Committee Chair
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, WVU Health Sciences
Annette Belcher
Search Recruiter
Director of Talent Strategy, West Virginia University
Tynetta Johnson
Administrative Support for Search
Executive Assistant, WVU Health Sciences
Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, WVU School of Public Health
Steve Davis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, WVU School of Public Health
Anthony DeFelice
Executive Director, Monongalia County Health Department
Ben Gerber, JD
Chief Executive Officer, Peak Health
Chief Strategy Officer, WVU Medicine
Thomas Jones, MHA
Retired CEO, West Virginia United Health System
Tracy Morris, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, West Virginia University
William Petros, PharmD
Gates Wigner Dean, WVU School of Pharmacy
Michael Stevens, MD, MPH
System Healthcare Epidemiologist, WVU Health System
Crystal Toth Rhodes
Project Manager, WVU School of Public Health
Donovan Weekley
Master of Public Health Student, WVU School of Public Health
Patient Navigator, WVU School of Medicine
David Weissman, MD
Director, Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Albert Wright, Jr., PharmD, MHA
President and CEO, WVU Health System
Keith Zullig, PhD, MSPH
Associate Dean for Departmental Affairs, WVU School of Public Health
Chair and Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, WVU School of Public Health


Stephen R. Wisniewski.

Stephen R. Wisniewski, PhD

Join us on Thursday, May 16th at 1 p.m. to meet Dr. Stephen Wisniewski, in person or via Zoom.

Dr. Wisniewski will share his broad vision related to public health, philosophy for public health, public health research vision and how his vision relates to WVU. The presentation will be held at Health Sciences Center-North, IPE Room 2940B.

RSVP to attend the presentation via Zoom.