The UNLV Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has named Ronald T. Brown the next dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, effective Aug. 1, 2016.
Brown is currently associate vice chancellor of the University of North Texas (UNT) System, where he oversees health affairs for three campuses and 42,000 students. As dean of Allied Health Sciences at UNLV, Brown will lead three departments that educate close to 4,000 students each year through 10 degree programs and 16 research and training labs.
“Ron is a tested academic leader who has driven enrollment, research and fundraising growth in health sciences programs across the nation during his accomplished career,” said acting UNLV provost Nancy Rapoport. “As a researcher, teacher and administrator, he brings the ideal mix of higher ed experience to guide the continued success of our School of Allied Health Sciences. We’re excited to welcome Ron to UNLV.”
Health care has been central to Brown’s career. A licensed and board‐certified psychologist, Brown has directed pre‐ and post‐doctoral clinical psychology programs, taught in university departments of public health, psychology, and community health sciences, and provided consultation to a host of state and national organizations including Health and Human Services, United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
He has served as dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work as well as interim dean of the School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; and as associate dean of the College of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his current role, Brown has held university leadership roles of senior vice president of academic affairs, provost, and president.
Brown’s research and publications focus on clinical and pediatric psychology. He has published nine books and more than 300 articles, served on the editorial boards of more than 15 journals in the field of health care and child psychology, and has received more than $20 million dollars in federal grants from National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Office of Education.
“I am excited to be part of a large, urban, comprehensive university again,” Brown said. “UNLV’s location in the heart of a metropolitan area where health care is poised to soar translates into enormous opportunities for the School of Allied Health Sciences. I am eager to begin collaborating across the university to positively impact the delivery of care within the state and advance the university’s top tier plan.”
Brown will replace Carolyn Yucha, who has been serving in dual roles as dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. Yucha will continue as dean for the School of Nursing.