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Health Sciences Dean Appointed to Third Consecutive Term

Dr. Gregory H. Frazer has been appointed to a third term as dean of the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University.

“It has been my honor and privilege to work closely with the faculty and staff of the Rangos School to provide a quality learning experience for our students,” said Frazer. “These combined efforts enable our students to make an immediate, positive impact on the health care status of all individuals they encounter.”

Established in 1990, the School of Health Sciences was Duquesne’s first new school in 50 years. Prior to his becoming dean of the School of Health Sciences in August 2002, Frazer served as dean of the Victor F. Spathelf College of Allied Health Sciences at Ferris State University.

 “I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Frazer for another term as dean of the Rangos School,” said Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty. “His stellar leadership in the School of Health Sciences has made him a respected and valued member of the University’s administrative team.”

The School of Health Sciences is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 60 full-time faculty and staff and approximately 800 students enrolled in its fully accredited athletic training (AT), health management systems, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), physician assistant (PA), speech-language pathology (SLP) and rehabilitation science programs.

Under Frazer’s leadership, students from the school’s AT, PT, PA, OT and SLP programs achieve 100 percent pass rates on national licensure and certification exams. Graduates of the School of Health Sciences secure 99 percent job placement. The athletic training program is ranked in the top five nationally, while the occupational therapy and the physician assistant programs are ranked in the top 25 and top 50, respectively. The school also established its first endowed faculty post in The Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair of Health Sciences and Ethics.

During the past four years, four individuals from the school have been recognized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions as part of an elite, small group of students nationwide honored for their academic achievements, community and university service, and service to their respective professions. Rangos students have the opportunity to study abroad, visiting hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and vocational training centers in Hungary, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Tunisia and South Africa.

Faculty from the school are esteemed leaders in their fields, and many have significant roles on various organizations for their academic areas, including representation on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, the Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education and the Council on Accreditation for American Speech and Hearing Association. In addition, faculty have been recognized with honors including Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year, Physician Assistant Educator of the Year, Most Outstanding Athletic Trainer Award and the Sayers Outstanding Athletic Training Educator Award.

While serving as dean, Frazer has taught courses in international public health and leadership. He is president-elect of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP), for which he serves on the board of directors. In 2007, he was named a fellow for the ASAHP.

Frazer is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Public Health Association and the American Schools Health Association.  He holds a B.A. in forensic studies from Indiana University, a master’s in health science and sociology from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in health education and administration from Southern Illinois University.

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