Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte has been appointed dean of Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.
Dr. Guilarte comes to FIU after success as the inaugural Leon Hess Professor and chairman of the department of environmental health sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Before his time at Columbia, Dr. Guilarte spent 30 years as a professor and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“The role of dean for FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work calls for a proven leader who is committed to innovations in research and student success,” said FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton. “After a widespread review of many excellent candidates, Dr. Guilarte distinguished himself by possessing the optimal balance of experience, accomplishment and vision needed to lead the Stempel College to even greater success.”
Dr. Guilarte will take the helm of the Stempel College in January of 2016. As the head of Stempel — which consists of the departments of biostatistics, dietetics and nutrition, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health policy & management, health promotion & disease prevention, and the School of Social Work — Dr. Guilarte will focus on initiatives to engage faculty and expand research opportunities. But perhaps most importantly, Dr. Guilarte will lead improvements in student success as Stempel works toward its goal of enrolling 200 doctoral students by 2020.