COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 14, 2022) — The College of South Carolina (UofSC) introduced Thursday that Donna Okay. Arnett, Ph.D., might be its subsequent government vice chairman for educational affairs and provost.
Arnett at the moment serves because the College of Kentucky’s Dean of the School of Public Well being. Arnett will start her new place at USC on Aug. 1, the college’s board of trustees introduced Thursday.
USC additionally introduced that well being researcher Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D., would be the college’s new vice chairman for analysis.
“With these hires, now we have confirmed leaders who will take the college to new heights in reaching excellence in scholar instruction and groundbreaking analysis,” mentioned interim President Harris Pastides.
President-elect Michael Amiridis, who begins his tenure in July, mentioned, “We’re lucky to have professionals of such excessive caliber to steer the college in its subsequent chapter, and I stay up for working with every of them.”
As UK’s public well being dean since 2016, Arnett has offered oversight for the faculty’s tutorial choices, labored to develop extramural funding and performed the faculty’s first complete strategic plan. Previous to becoming a member of the College of Kentucky, Arnett was affiliate dean and chair of the Division of Epidemiology on the College of Alabama, Birmingham, and is a previous president of the American Coronary heart Affiliation.
“I’m honored to be chosen for this vital position on the College of South Carolina,” Arnett mentioned. “My objectives are to ignite scholar success, take heed to the college and college students about how improvements introduced on by the pandemic’s distant instruction may form the way forward for instructing and studying, construct upon the college’s already sturdy tutorial choices and foster a local weather of inclusive excellence throughout campus.”
The provost oversees all the colleges and faculties on the Columbia analysis campus, which collectively supply greater than 300 areas of examine, from bachelor’s to doctorate levels.
“It’s at all times rewarding when a colleague is given the chance to advance of their profession and to maneuver ahead in an vital management place in larger training,” mentioned UK’s Performing Provost Robert DiPaola. “As unhappy as we’re to see our colleague and good friend, Donna Arnett, leaving our group, we’re delighted that an excellent establishment akin to South Carolina has acknowledged what she brings to the desk as a scholar and administrator and has requested her to tackle an vital management place at such a important second for larger training. We want Donna solely the most effective as she takes this subsequent step.”
Arnett has printed greater than 700 peer-reviewed papers and two books, focusing her analysis on cardiovascular well being. She earned a nursing diploma from the College of South Florida, a grasp’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from South Florida and a doctorate in epidemiology from the College of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Arnett is a local of Kentucky who grew up in Tampa, Florida.