New College of Public Health Dean Named

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Wyatt will direct the recruitment of faculty, secure and allocate necessary resources to implement the UK College of Public Health’s agenda, encourage collaborative relationships with other colleges of the university, and promote valuable interactions with alumni, the public health community, and the general public.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2004) -- Dr. Stephen W. Wyatt, currently interim associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and associate director for Cancer Control, UK Markey Cancer Center, has been named dean of the UK College of Public Health. Wyatt is an associate professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, UK College of Public Health.

The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was made by UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel and is effective Nov. 1, 2004.

As dean, Wyatt will be responsible for the leadership and professional management of the research, educational and administrative activities of the UK College of Public Health, as well as its academic departments and centers.

"Steve Wyatt has an ideal professional background and an outstanding record of achievements in the area of prevention, epidemiology, and health promotion, which prepare him extremely well to be the UK College of Public Health's first dean,“ said Nietzel.

Wyatt will direct the recruitment of faculty, secure and allocate necessary resources to implement the UK College of Public Health’s agenda, encourage collaborative relationships with other colleges of the university, and promote valuable interactions with alumni, the public health community, and the general public.

“I am honored to have been selected to be a dean at the University of Kentucky,” said Wyatt. “As a native of Kentucky, this state is very important to me. Working with partners to improve the health and well-being of all Kentuckians must be a major priority. Although the UK College of Public Health is very new, there are faculty/staff with national reputations and their research efforts are impressive and growing. We are committed to education, research and service excellence that will impact the lives of all Kentuckians.”

Since joining the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 1998, he has received several research grants funded by the National Cancer Institute and was the principal investigator for the Prevention Research Center, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His research interests include cancer surveillance, access to cancer care, and cancer education and outreach programs.

Wyatt attended Murray State University and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1980 from the University of Kentucky. Wyatt attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham (1984-1985) and went on to attain a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1986. He attended the Public Health Leadership Institute at San Diego State University (1993-1994).

From 1980 to 2000, Wyatt served as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and retired as captain. From 1989 to 1998, he held several posts at the CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, including that of director for the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control from 1995 to 1998.

He currently serves as a member of Cancer in Rural Populations and the Cancer Center Advisory Committees at West Virginia University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also has served as a board member for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society and was co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Cervical Cancer Mortality WorkGroup.

Throughout his career, Wyatt has received a number of awards, including the highest honor given by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Betty Ford Award. Also on the national level, Wyatt received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society. He also has received a number of awards from the Public Health Service and the CDC, including the CDC Management Award, the Award of Excellence for Chronic Disease Program Directors, and the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award. Additionally, in 2003 he was awarded the Golden Apple Award as an outstanding faculty member of the UK Kentucky School of Public Health.


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