1.1 Office of the Dean

The Dean is the administrative head of the School of Public Health and is nominated by the President of the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and appointed by the Board of Regents, Texas A&M University System, in accordance with established University System procedures. 

The Dean is responsible to the President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center for all matters relating to the School of Public Health 

The Dean is responsible for all programs of instruction, research, continuing education, and public service in the School of Public Health. The Dean shall oversee the development of a strategic plan for the School and assure broad participation in the strategic planning process. The Dean will review annually the School’s progress on meeting the set strategic plan objectives and any changes to the organizational chart with members of the Administrative Council (refer to 1.3). Members of the Administrative Council (e.g., associate and assistant deans, department heads. chairs of SPH standing committees, officers of the Faculty Council) will advise the Dean on appropriate actions to take in response to the annual strategic plan update reports. 

The Dean’s responsibilities include budgetary matters within his or her jurisdiction, physical facilities, and personnel matters such as faculty promotions and tenure, taking into account the advisory procedures of separately reporting units. The Dean is responsible for the implementation of all educational, research, and service activities of the School of Public Health. 

The Dean is assisted by the Executive Committee, Administrative Council, and the Faculty Council within the School of Public Health in determining the academic policies and procedures which, in turn, will be implemented through the standing committees, department heads, and offices of the Dean of the School of Public Health. 

The Dean, upon recommendation of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and with prior certification by the students’ academic departments and verification by the Office of Student Affairs, determines those students whose names will be submitted to the President of the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center for graduation with the master or doctoral degree officially offered by the School of Public Health. 

The Dean, after consultation with appropriate advisory search committees, shall nominate, through the appropriate administrative channels at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, the heads of the various departments, the Associate and Assistant Deans and other officers that are needed for the administration of the School of Public Health.

Recommendation and supervision of contractual arrangements for instruction in any component part of the School of Public Health at any hospital, clinic, or institution are the responsibility of the Dean.