The University at Albany has named Dr. Laura Schweitzer to serve as the next dean of its School of Public Health, more than one year after she was hired from Union Graduate College to lead an expansion of the university’s health sciences campus.
Dr. Schweitzer will serve in an interim role while the university conducts a national search for a permanent dean. She takes over for Dean Philip Nasca, who will step down from the position January 1 to serve as special assistant to the president on global health initiatives until next fall, when he will take a sabbatical and then return to his previous role as a faculty member.
Dr. Schweitzer will also continue in the role she was hired into, vice president for health sciences and biomedical initiatives.
“The School of Public has achieved many notable accomplishments during Phil’s nearly 10 years as dean,” said Dr. Darrell Wheeler, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in a memo sent to faculty and staff on Thursday morning.
He cites Dean Nasca’s efforts to secure $2 million for facilities renovations and opening the Global Health Center, which has since established ties in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Also under Dean Nasca’s leadership, the school was able to “revitalize” its certificate in public health preparedness, launch an online master’s in public health program, launch a new undergraduate program in high-level bioinstrumentation, expand scholarly contributions, increase public engagement, and boost graduate enrollment by 14 percent, Wheeler said.