The University of Texas-Pan American recently named Dr. Bruce Reed as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services after its previous administrator stepped down to pursue other endeavors.
Reed, who has been department chair of Rehabilitative Services for the past nine years, said his knowledge of the college was a factor in his appointment and also his service as interim assistant dean for one academic year in 1998. He began the new position Jan. 2.
Dr. William J. McIntyre, dean of the college since September 2003, stepped down from his position to take on a job as the director of the Area Health Education Center at the University of Arkansas in Texarkana.
"He was not looking for another position but was recommended for it," Reed said about McIntyre. "The opportunity was just 'too good to pass up.' Those of us that worked with Bill will always be grateful for his time here - he was known for being a fair, calm, and facilitative dean, traits I hope to also be known for."
Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs, said Reed was the right person for the post because of his outstanding record of productivity and management of the Department of Rehabilitative Services. Another factor that led to the appointment of Reed was his commitment to student and faculty development Arévalo said. The provost said he knows Reed will continue to serve students and faculty in the same capacity.
"He has been able to increase enrollment in his department and increase external grant development among his faculty," Arévalo said. "He is well regarded and respected by the faculty in the college, and he has consistently worked to benefit students in his department."
The College of Health Sciences and Human Services includes the Departments of Nursing, Social Work, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitative Services as well as Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dietetics and Physician Assistant programs. The College also has a cooperative pharmacy program with The University of Texas at Austin.
Reed started at UTPA as an assistant professor in 1993 after having earned his doctorate in rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado.
"I accepted the position for various reasons - including South Padre Island. I saw an area and University with both great needs and great potential and I wanted to be part of the growth. For me, it was the right decision," he said.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history (Latin American studies) in 1978 from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master's in rehabilitation counseling with a vocational evaluation emphasis in 1990 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Throughout his career, Reed has written numerous publications and conducted more than 50 professional presentations nationally. He is currently on the Editorial Board for the Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Bulletin and for the Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling. He also serves as commissioner for the Commission on Certification of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialists, a national organization, where he is currently the vice president, chair of the Research and Examination Committee, and chair of the Operations Committee. In addition, he is also a board member and president of the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions.
Overall, Reed has brought in more than $6 million in funded projects to the College of Health Sciences and Human Services through grants and proposals he authored and co-authored with colleagues.
As interim dean, Reed said his first goal is to provide UTPA students with a quality education and field-based experiences in all departments.
"All of the departments in our college train practitioners for health related and community services professions and this is a serious responsibility," Reed said.
"Another goal is to encourage growth - for example, new programs, expanded degree options, research opportunities - while maintaining quality. To me, this is the challenge of any business that is in a time of expansion. I don't want quality to suffer."
Reed said some of the challenges he will face are those that are similarly shared by other colleges in the United States - maintaining accreditation standards and retaining and hiring qualified faculty.
"This can be a challenge from a management perspective. It sometimes can be difficult to hire and retain qualified faculty when those same people can make significantly more money working in clinical settings. But the potential greatly outweighs any barriers," he said.
Arévalo said the search process for the dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services will begin this semester and is expected to take a year to complete.