STEPHENVILLE (December 18, 2017) — Dr. Sally Lewis becomes inaugural associate dean of Tarleton State University’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services effective Jan. 3.
“Dr. Lewis brings a record of very successful leadership at Tarleton to the new associate dean position,” said Dr. David Weissenburger, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. “Her institutional leadership, academic excellence and dedication to student success will ensure that our health sciences and human services programs continue to rate among the best in the state and the nation.”
Lewis currently leads the university’s Department of Medical Lab Services and Public Health located in Fort Worth’s Medical District—a position she’s held for 13 years. Under her leadership, the number programs in the department have grown from one to six, with more than 200 students annually earning associate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificates.
Four of the programs hold the highest professional accreditations possible, and the newest—public health—is beginning its initial accreditation process.
“Her dedication to student success is unquestionable, and test scores and job placement rates prove it,” Weissenburger pointed out.
Collectively, students enrolled in medical lab and public health programs have earned a 99 percent pass rate and some of the highest scores in the nation on board exams over the past 20 years. Routinely, 100 percent of graduating students find jobs in top medical facilities throughout North Texas and beyond, or continue their education.
A full professor, Lewis has brought in more than $1.2 million in grants and donations to support Tarleton’s medical lab and public health programs, creating scholarships and maintaining state-of-the-art teaching laboratories for faculty to provide students with real-world experiences. Her emphasis on faculty and student scholarly pursuits within the department has resulted in award-winning research and multiple grants.
“This is an exciting time for the College of Health Sciences and Human Services,” Lewis said. “The college has a strong reputation for providing some of the best health care and human service professionals in the region, and I look forward to helping continue that momentum.”
Tarleton added the College of Health Sciences and Human Services—its sixth college—in fall 2016 to better serve almost 2,000 students enrolled in already successful, established programs in medical lab sciences, public health, social work, counseling and nursing. In response to Texas’ growing demand for health sciences and human services professionals, the college offers programs at its Stephenville campus as well as in Fort Worth, Waco and Midlothian and via its online Global Campus.
Lewis has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in biology from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s in zoology and physiology from Louisiana State University. She chairs the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects and serves on several committees and task forces at Tarleton. Additionally, Lewis is a nationwide site visit coordinator for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
For more information on Tarleton’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services, go to www.tarleton.edu/chshs.