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Hovis to lead College of Health Sciences as interim dean


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Ron Hovis began his fourth “first day on the job” Wednesday at Texas Woman’s University — this time as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Hovis, who has been with TWU since 2012, previously served as interim chair of the department of nutrition and food sciences and interim director of the School of Management. As special assistant to academic affairs, he organized the Visioning I Task Force in 2012-13 and was co-chair of the Faculty Performance Review Task Force in 2014-15.

He also will continue to oversee the School of Management during the coming academic year. Margaret Young, who began serving as the school’s director in June, will report to Hovis.

“The roles in which Ron has served this university have uniquely prepared him to lead the College of Health Sciences and the School of Management,” Provost Robert Neely said. “During the search for the interim dean, every group with whom I spoke gave a ringing endorsement for his candidacy and leadership. During his time at TWU, Ron has earned the respect of faculty and administrators alike.”

Hovis is excited at the opportunity.

“The college has a reputation for excellent academic programs, strong scholarly and clinical activities and the commitment of the faculty and staff,” he said. “I am looking forward to renewing working relationships from my prior assignment in the college.”

Hovis previously worked for 23 years in computer operations and human resources with AT&T. As director and managing director for the company, he designed and managed compensation and benefit programs with annual costs of $2 billion per year.

He retired from AT&T in 2000 to serve as a business faculty member of his alma mater, McPherson College in Kansas. He was selected to serve as president in 2003, and held that office for six years. During that time, enrollment increased by 60 percent and graduation rates almost doubled. In addition, the college emphasized service and internship programs, with 90 percent of students completing at least one internship prior to graduation. The student service program eventually was recognized at the state and national levels.

“Mr. Hovis brings a unique background and skill set to this position,” said Jennifer Martin, TWU senior associate provost. “His work in business, which included a focus on employee health and wellness; his strong experience in higher education; and his familiarity with TWU provide a distinctive foundation for his selection to lead the College of Health Sciences and the School of Management at this time.”

Hovis replaces Gay James, who retired as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences. A search for a permanent dean of the college will be conducted during the coming academic year.


Written by Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

page updated 5/9/2016 4:57 PM