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Texas A&M: Dean Jay Maddock Completes Four-Year Term

Dr. Jason “Jay” Maddock, professor of environmental and occupational health and dean of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has announced his intentions to not seek re-appointment as dean and will return to his faculty teaching and research pursuits effective March 1.

Dr. Maddock joined Texas A&M in 2015. During his tenure as dean, he was highly successful in leading several initiatives that supported the continued integration of the School of Public Health following the merger of health related colleges into university procedures and operations. He facilitated the school’s successful reaccreditation process by the Council on Education for Public Health, developed strategic planning and curricular innovations, coordinated the development of the full four-year bachelor of science in public health degree – including initiated implementation in both College Station and at the Higher Education Center in McAllen, Texas.

Under his leadership, the school’s student enrollment increased from 400 to 1,000 while sponsored research productivity doubled. In each of the last four years, the school has significantly increased its impact in peer-reviewed publications, citations and philanthropic giving.

“Jay is one of the best deans I ever worked with; he has been an effective leader who has moved the school forward in so many ways,” said Dr. Michael Morrisey, professor and head of the health policy and management department.

He coordinated state and national collaborations and engagement through several activities and initiatives such as Bush U.S,-China Conference, EarthX Dallas, National Health Outreach Conference in addition to increasing interactions with alumni and philanthropic supporters of the School of Public Health.

Dr. Maddock is internationally recognized for his works in social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity and has gained national and international recognition for over 110 scientific articles and over $18 million in extramural funding.