Swick named associate dean for health sciences school

Catherine Swick, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences at Trine University.Catherine Swick

The naming of the new school was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Best Hall expansion on May 6.

Swick has led Trine University’s Department of Exercise Science to significant enrollment growth and received the Prof. Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching Award from Trine University in 2013. She has extensive global health experience in Asia and Europe, presenting at the University of Madrid on Best Practices in Global Health in 2015 and creating and delivering a 2014 MOOC on Global Wellness in the E-World. She serves on the Physical Therapy Advisory Board and is advisor to the Health Science Association, and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Health and Wellness Society.

“I am excited about the new Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences at Trine University,” she said. “In January 2017, we will enter a new era for northeast Indiana with a state-of-the-art building, new science labs and cutting-edge programs in the health science area including chemistry, biochemistry, biology, forensic science, exercise science, pre-med, pre-physical therapy and pre-physician assistant. I am proud to work with a dedicated group of outstanding faculty, students and staff in the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.”

The university also announced that physics courses will now be part of the Mathematics & Informatics Department and all other science programs will report to the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

“As the demands for health care professionals continue to increase, Trine University is responding by restructuring existing departments and adding new programs to our School of Health Sciences,” said Allen Hersel, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Swick, the longtime chair of the exercise science department, will become the associate dean of health sciences, where her excellent administration abilities can be applied to all main campus undergraduate offerings. This will allow Max Baumgartner, the dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences, to focus on graduate education provided at our Carew Street location in Fort Wayne.”