The University of Central Arkansas has named a new dean for its College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Nancy Berryman Reese has been tapped to fill the position and is set to begin her role on July 1.
As dean, Reese will oversee the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, which encompasses undergraduate and graduate programs in nine departments and schools. The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences includes the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Exercise and Sport Science; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Sciences; Military Science and Leadership; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Psychology and Counseling; and the School of Nursing.
In addition, she will become part of a team of academic deans working to support and enhance the university’s overall mission. She will report to executive vice president and provost Patricia S. Poulter.
“I am honored to be selected as the next dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences,” Reese said in a statement. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff as we embark on new opportunities for the college. Together, we’ll build on a strong tradition of excellence as we educate leaders to maximize the health and lives of Arkansans.”
Reese joined UCA in 1986, starting as an instructor and academic coordinator for clinical education, before becoming an assistant professor in 1991. She obtained tenure in 1994 and served as an associate professor and professor from 1995 to 2004, and has served as the Department of Physical Therapy chair since 2004.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from UCA, as well as a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a doctorate in anatomy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.