Submitted by FAMU Relations
Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced Mary Simmons, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Simmons’ appointment will begin on Friday, July 1, following the retirement of Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Ph.D., later this month.
“Dean Hughes-Harris has been a dynamic and visionary leader for the School of Allied Health Sciences,” said Maurice Edington, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am pleased that Dr. Simmons is willing to step in during this time of transition. She has an extensive record of effective administrative leadership and is well respected by her colleagues in the School and the broader health professions community.”
“I am honored, humbled and excited to be called to serve the School of Allied Health Sciences in this capacity,” said Simmons. “I am looking forward to working with our faculty and staff to build upon the foundation of success established by our previous administrators.”
Simmons currently serves as the director for the Division of Cardiopulmonary Science in the School of Allied Health Sciences. In this role she provides administrative oversight, as well as instruction and evaluation of the program.
Simmons will celebrate her 20th work anniversary at FAMU later this year. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in cardiopulmonary science and a master’s degree in Public Health from FAMU, as well as a doctorate in public health/community health from Walden University. Her practical background includes respiratory therapy in adult critical care, pediatrics, trauma, and chronically diseased patients, and she has additional experience in childhood obesity and community health.
Provost Edington indicated a national search for the next dean will begin immediately.