Dr. Bruce J. Reed, dean of The University of Texas-Pan American College of Health Sciences and Human Services, announced he will step down from his position and return to his first passion - teaching - this coming year.
Reed, who was appointed interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services in January 2005 and then appointed dean in April 2007, announced his resignation in a memo to his college faculty and staff, and fellow deans on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
"I have come to the decision that it is time for me to step down as the college leader and let someone else take on this important and very challenging position," Reed stated in the memo. "My plan since first becoming interim dean has always been to someday return to the faculty in rehabilitation as it is the teaching and the mentoring of students that is the most rewarding for me."
Dr. Paul Sale, provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs who accepted Reed's resignation, said Reed is an asset to the University and a valued member of his leadership team who leaves behind big shoes to fill.
"His decision to return to faculty was upsetting to me because he is such a valued member of my leadership team," Sale said. "He continues to provide excellent advice to me on issues of the University and we are going to really miss him on the leadership team. I know that his colleagues and students love him, and the good thing is that he will still be available to them."
Sale said under Reed's leadership, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, created an atmosphere of openness and moved the college forward in the areas of faculty hirings and program growth.
"He has built the strength of the faculty under his leadership, and I am particularly happy he has been able to work with faculty to move forward a Ph.D. program in rehabilitation," Sale said.
Realizing the search for a new dean will be extensive, Reed has agreed to remain in the position until a successor has been named. Sale expects to initiate the dean search in mid-September, and complete it by spring.
Reed has been with UTPA since 1993. He previously served as the chair of Department of Rehabilitative Services from 1996-2004, and for a brief time he served as interim assistant dean in 1999. Overall, Reed has brought in more than $6.9 million in funded projects to the College of Health Sciences and Human Services through grant proposals he authored or co-authored with colleagues.