Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith named NKU Dean of Health Professions

For immediate release…
Monday – April 20, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Geoffrey S. Mearns, president of Northern Kentucky University, announced today that Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith has been named dean of the NKU College of Health Professions. Dr. Scalise-Smith currently serves as vice president of the Utica (N.Y.) College School for Online & Extended Studies and External Partnerships. She will begin at NKU on August 1, 2015.

“Dale brings a depth of experience that will provide the leadership and vision to take our College of Health Professions to a new level,” said Sue Ott Rowlands, NKU provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to begin work on our new Health Innovation Center (HIC), and to expand our health programs to better serve our students and our region.”

As dean, Dr. Scalise-Smith will promote the academic excellence of the college; develop and support faculty, staff, and students; and enhance and effectively allocate college resources. She will oversee a team of three department heads, the Northern Kentucky Nursing Research Collaborative director, an assistant dean, a business officer, a simulation facilitator, and a lab coordinator.

“I am excited for the opportunity to join President Mearns and Provost Ott Rowlands, faculty, and staff in building the Health Innovation Center,” said Dr. Scalise-Smith. “I look forward to collaborating with faculty and partners in the healthcare community in transforming health care in the northern Kentucky region.”

President Mearns said Dr. Scalise-Smith will play an important role in the creation of the Health Innovation Center. “Our center will integrate a broad range of existing and new programs to meet the health and wellness needs of the residents of our region by developing human and knowledge resources concentrated on population health, while also enhancing our programs in individual health, drawing upon analytics, informatics, policy leadership, and the liberal arts,” he said. “Dale will contribute to these efforts, helping us to stimulate behavioral change and promote healthier living.”

In the 2013 United Health Foundation health rankings by state, Kentucky rated 45th in the country in terms of overall health. The Cincinnati metropolitan region is trending better, but the state of Ohio ranked only slightly better than Kentucky. Dr. Scalise-Smith will work to expand and enhance the NKU College of Health Professions to meet the needs of the population, shift care toward prevention, and champion an integrated approach to healthcare and healthcare education. By educating competent, compassionate, and forward-thinking health professionals who tend toward interprofessional approaches, the college will be in a strong position to positively change the health of the region and the nation.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the talented and dedicated faculty in CHP in educating health care professionals with a passion for improving the lives of the individuals they serve, and positively impacting healthcare in the region,” she said.

As vice president at Utica College, Dr. Scalise-Smith is a member of the president’s senior leadership team and president’s cabinet. Her efforts are focused on expanding revenue streams and strengthening the economic stability of the college through enrollment expansion, development of new undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, and satellite campuses. The college has more than 200 faculty and professional staff in 10 fully online and one hybrid program.

Dr. Scalise-Smith previously served as vice president for programs and partnerships; dean of the School of Health Professions and Education; interim chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy; coordinator of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, Summer Institute; and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, all at Utica. She is also a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

She earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Utica; a Ph.D. in Education and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina; and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. Dr. Scalise-Smith has also attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Institute for Educational Management and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Leadership Institute.

Dr. Scalise-Smith and her husband Christopher have three children, Jillian, Brendan, and Emily; and two grandchildren, Madison and Nixon.

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