Long-Time Dean of College of Health Sciences Retires

Dr. David Gale

Dr. David Gale, dean of the College of Health Sciences (formerly College of Allied Health and Nursing) at Eastern Kentucky University since 1973, has retired from the university.

Dr. Deborah Whitehouse, who had been serving as associate dean of the College, will serve as interim dean.

In 2000, Gale was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to direct the Human Genetics Curricula for the Health Professions Project. As project director and representative of the Association of Schools of Health Professions, he assembled a 12-member Allied Health Genetics Team from a variety of allied health professions to study the role of human genetics in the allied health curriculum.

From 2002 to 2005, Gale served as president of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

In 2007, he was named to the American National Standards Institute Advisory Panel. The panel is composed of national leaders in education, industry and government who have interest and expertise in issues regarding the education, recruitment and deployment of personnel and the role that accreditation systems can play.

Among numerous other boards and accrediting bodies, Gale serves with the nursing advisory group with the Western Board of Governors. This past summer, he was asked to represent health education nationally in an address to the Institute of Medicine.

“During Dean Gale’s tenure, the College has gained state and national reputations for its excellent faculty and high-quality programs,” said Dr. Janna Vice, provost and vice president of academic affairs at EKU. “We extend to Dr. Gale best wishes on his retirement.”

Whitehouse, who joined EKU in 1984, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In 1999, programs in the former College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation were added to Gale’s responsibilities as dean. EKU’s College of Health Sciences now consists of the departments of Associate Degree Nursing, Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing, Clinical Laboratory Science, Environmental Health Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Family and Consumer Science, Health Information, Health Promotion and Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Recreation and Park Administration. Many of the programs are nationally prominent; in fact, EKU’s graduate program in Occupational Therapy was ranked 24th nationally in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools, published by U.S. News Media Group.

Earlier this year, the College launched a doctoral degree program in nursing practice, the second doctoral degree program at EKU.

Published on December 13, 2011