This year, the College of Allied Health Sciences will celebrate its 45th year as a college.
Since we moved into our new building in May 2006, we have experienced record growth in student enrollment, new certificate programs, the award of a multimillion dollar grant from the Department of Defense called Operation Reentry North Carolina that conducts clinical research to improve rehabilitation and reentry of Wounded Warriors, and new NIH grants.
The Department of Rehabilitation Studies officially changed its name to the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies, and the Department of Health Services and Information Management will accept students into its new Master of Science degree in health informatics and information management in the fall 2013.
Two new department chairs have been hired: Dr. Alan Gindoff, formerly at the University of Florida is the new chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies; Dr. Paul Toriello, formerly Ph.D. program in director in the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies became its new chair after a national search.
New faculty have joined our ranks in the departments of Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies, with additional searches in progress.
The quality of our students continues to increase and I am not sure I would be competitive as an allied health applicant today. In fact, the demand for our graduate programs has reached an all time high with the Graduate School reporting that CAHS had the largest number of applicants to ECU for the 2012 fall semester.
The last few years have been challenging for CAHS with several years of deep budget cuts, loss of faculty, increased workloads and no salary raises for four years past. In spite of these setbacks, the College has remained the largest allied health program in the state with the most students, the most degree programs and the most departments. The quality, dedication and productivity of our faculty and staff is impressive, making them the finest I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with in my role as dean.
I thank each and every alumnus and friend of the College of Allied Health Sciences for your financial and personal support and hope you will remain our committed advocates for years to come. You are always welcome here as a friend and colleague.
Dr. Stephen W. Thomas, Dean
College of Allied Health Sciences