Dr. Janice Maville has been selected to serve as the interim dean of The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS) while the University continues its search for a new dean. She will oversee the college's operations through the 2011-2012 school year.
Maville, who currently serves as assistant dean for the college, the Lillian O. Slemp Endowed Chair in Nursing and the coordinator of its Master of Science in Nursing program, said she appreciates being given the opportunity to serve the college and university and the confidence University administrators have in her ability to lead the college.
"I pledge to do my very best for the college," Maville said.
The college's current dean, Dr. Bruce Reed, is stepping down as dean to focus on teaching. Reed was appointed as dean in 2007.
"He has been a wonderful dean. I will miss his stewardship," Maville said.
Maville, who has been with the University for more than three decades, has stepped in to administrative roles in the college before while searches were conducted for replacements.
She previously served as interim chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for a few years while the college sought a new chair for that program. Wearing many hats is nothing new to Maville. When she served as director of nursing for a hospital in Illinois she handled administrative tasks in addition to treating patients.
"I've always been the type of leader who wants to be involved with what is happening," she said.
Maville said she is looking forward to helping continue the momentum of the college. Many of the CHSHS programs are growing, and the challenge will be finding grants and other funding for faculty training, equipment and other needs to keep up with the increased demand for these programs, she said.
"We're very fortunate to have the faculty that we have, but we have limited resources. We're doing the best we can to provide quality education," Maville said.
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, provost and vice president of academic affairs for UTPA, said Maville was an excellent choice for the position of interim dean and called her a devoted member of the UTPA family.
"I am very pleased that she accepted the opportunity to serve in this important role," Rodríguez said. "Her commitment to our students, faculty, and staff in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services is exemplary and her service to UT Pan American has also been exceptional. She will make an excellent dean and will make her college very proud."
Rodríguez also thanked Reed for his excellent service and commitment to the college and University.
"During his years of service as dean of the college; he has made significant and important contributions that have impacted our faculty, staff, and students; he will continue to be an active and valuable member of our community as he returns to his role as professor in the Department of Rehabilitation," Rodríguez said.
The University conducted a search for a new dean for the college. While that search yielded some highly qualified candidates, none of the finalists were selected to be dean. The University will continue its search throughout the coming school year, Rodríguez said.
A new dean is expected to be appointed sometime between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2012, he said.