Tarleton State, TWU Hire New Deans to Head Health Sciences Programs

Both Texas Women’s University and Tarleton State University this week named new top leaders of their colleges of health sciences.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents is set to

Dr. Vimala Pillari, the new dean of Tarleton State's College of Health Sciences and Human Services. (Credit: Tarleton)
Dr. Vimala Pillari, the new dean of Tarleton State’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services. (Credit: Tarleton)

approve Dr. Vimala Pillari as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Tarleton following a national search. At TWU, Christopher Ray, currently the associate dean for research at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, will take over its College of Health Sciences.

Pillari comes to Tarleton from Atlanta University, where she serves as dean of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. She has overseen a combined degree program for both social work and public health and spearheaded a clinical doctorate and a research center that develops ways to better reach and treat multicultural families.

Christopher Ray, TWU's new dean of the College of Health Sciences. (Credit: TWU)
Christopher Ray, TWU’s new dean of the College of Health Sciences. (Credit: TWU)

Ray, meanwhile, will be charged with expanding research at TWU, particularly so with his current initiatives at improving geriatric health. In a release, he hinted at partnering with stroke patients at TWU’s T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and at its new Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice.

“Chris Ray’s proven leadership in teaching and research, and his focus on improving longevity and quality of life aligns perfectly with our nationally recognized strengths,” reada statement from TWU president Carine Feyten.. “We also value his highly collaborative style, because we see great potential in creating innovative new programs for students and faculty research from interdisciplinary work across our three campuses.”

Tarleton’s College of Health Sciences will open this fall. It already has about 1,600 students enrolled in medical lab sciences, public health, social work, counseling, and nursing.

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