New Dean of Health Sciences Named

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Lori Stewart Gonzalez

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Among a host of professional and public service activities, Gonzalez serves as a member on the board of directors and a member of the accreditation committee for the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. She is also a member of the professional development committee for the Council of Fellows on the American Council on Education. At UK, she is currently serving as co-chair of the UK-Fayette County Public School Great Schools Initiative.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2004) -- Lori Stewart Gonzalez, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of communication disorders, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was announced by Michael T. Nietzel, UK Provost, and is effective Jan. 1, 2005.

Gonzalez succeeds Thomas C. Robinson, who is stepping down after 20 years of leadership to return as a faculty member in the college’s Clinical Leadership and Management Program. Gonzalez was selected for the appointment after a national search that yielded several strong candidates.

“I have tremendous confidence in Lori Gonzalez,” Nietzel said. “She has excelled in every administrative position she has held, is an accomplished faculty member, and is widely respected on this campus for her leadership skills. I believe she will be an outstanding dean.”

As dean, Gonzalez will be responsible for the leadership and professional management of the research, educational and administrative activities of the UK College of Health Sciences as well as its academic departments and centers. She will also recruit new faculty, execute the UK College of Health Sciences’ mission, encourage relationships with other colleges of the university, and promote interactions with alumni, the health sciences community, and the public.

A native of Kentucky, Gonzalez received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with high distinction from UK in 1979, a master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, and her doctoral degree in communication disorders from the University of Florida in 1989.

Gonzalez has a long standing relationship with the UK College of Health Sciences, and says she looks forward to working with the administrators, faculty, staff and students at UK.

“It is an honor to be selected as the third dean of the College of Health Sciences,” Gonzalez said. “I assume responsibility for a college with a strong national reputation, and together we will move the college forward. As a Kentuckian, I am especially proud of the college’s contributions to the people of Kentucky. We will continue to focus on the preparation of health science professionals who will make a difference, and we will grow our already strong research programs.”

From 1988 to 1991 Gonzalez was assistant professor and director of Supervision and Clinical Training Program, Department of Communication Disorders, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. She joined the faculty of UK in 1991 as assistant professor of communication disorders in the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Clinical Sciences, and in 1997 was named associate professor. In 2000 Gonzalez was appointed the college’s associate dean for academic affairs and served as associate professor in the Division of Communication Disorders. She was named full professor in 2004.

Gonzalez was one of 36 Fellows chosen for the Class of 2002-2003 from the American Council on Education. In 1999 she accepted another national honor when she was one of eight participants from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions for the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership.

A licensed speech-language pathologist by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Gonzalez also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Among a host of professional and public service activities, Gonzalez serves as a member on the board of directors and a member of the accreditation committee for the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. She is also a member of the professional development committee for the Council of Fellows on the American Council on Education. At UK, she is currently serving as co-chair of the UK-Fayette County Public School Great Schools Initiative.

Established in 1966, the UK College of Health Sciences was the first school of its kind in Kentucky and among the first 12 in the United States. During the past 30 years, more than 3,000 allied health professionals have been educated at UK.


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