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Samuels Named TWU Provost
Increasing research funding will be a priority for new Texas Woman’s
University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl
Samuels. She will begin her duties at TWU on Aug. 2.
“Dr. Samuels genuinely
wants to help propel Texas Woman’s University to the next
level,” said TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. “The search
committee and I were impressed with her vision that includes both
the liberal arts and health sciences and her ideas on building a
Dr. Samuels comes to
TWU from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where she is dean
of the College of Health Sciences and professor of community and
environmental health. Previously, she served as dean of the College
of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University and acting
vice president for academic affairs and chair of the department
of dental hygiene at the University of Maryland.
“TWU has excellent
health related programs,” said Dr. Samuels. “One of
the major areas where research funding is available is the National
Institutes of Health, and the university should capitalize on that.
“Stipends for Ph.D.
students also should be addressed as a research funding tool. Providing
adequate stipends attracts graduate students to work with faculty
on research, giving faculty time to pursue and acquire new research
grants, which then attracts graduate students. TWU needs to be in
Dr. Samuels earned her
doctorate in policy sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore;
master of science in dental hygiene education from the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her bachelor of science in education
and certificate of dental hygiene from Ohio State University.
me as a decisive and candid person and she has a strong health sciences
background. That’s important to TWU,” said Colleen Ferguson,
president of the TWU Staff Council and a member of the provost search
Dr. Rebecca Krepper,
co-chair of the search committee and interim dean of the College
of Nursing Houston Center, said she was impressed with Dr. Samuels’
assessment of the university’s strengths and weaknesses. “Dr.
Samuels realizes we have to increase research funding and she has
some ideas on how to make that happen,” she said. “With
her background, she also understands the different needs of diverse
programs, such as health sciences and liberal arts.”
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