The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health has named Jay Maddock, Ph.D. as its new dean after the nomination was approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Bringing experience in the field of academic leadership, Maddock started his new duties at the public health-centered facility on February 13th.
The new dean left his former eight-year position as director of the Public Health Program at the University of Hawaii to join the School of Public Health. The dean is expected to lead the facility in the academic and administrative fields, expanding opportunities related to academic, research and public health practice, as well as keeping both national and international constituencies.
“Building upon an already accomplished career, Dr. Maddock brings a unique combination of vision, accomplishments, energy, and personal qualities to advance the school in achieving its educational, research and service goals,” said the CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center, Brett P. Giroir, M.D. “We are honored to have Dr. Maddock at the public health helm, training and leading the next generation of public health professionals in improving the health of populations throughout Texas and around the world.”
With an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Syracuse University where he graduated magna cum laude, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Maddock believes that he will be able to improve the capacities of the facility, which recently added a Master of Health Administration degree in its academic curriculum.
“The Texas A&M School of Public Health has amazing potential to become one of our nation’s top schools of public health,” Maddock said. “Our expansion of degree programs to Houston demonstrates the continuation of our efforts to train the public health workforce statewide and to improve the health of all Texans.”
The school is currently among the top 25 ranked public health graduate schools, and is dedicated to educating health care professionals on its two campuses at Bryan-College Station and McAllen, with a third being planned for Houston. The school’s main mission is to use novel research to include population health investigations through numerous global communities, and advance disease prevention and health improvement not only in Texas, but also beyond.
Maddock’s previous research focuses on social and ecological research related to the increase of physical activity. Not only has he served as the principal investigator in numerous research projects, but is also a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.
Dr. Maddock was also granted the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates, and was nominated as a charter member of the National Institutes of Health study section on Community-Level Health Promotion. He was also nominated the Bank of Hawaii Community Leader of the Year, and served as chair of the Hawaii State Board of Health, co-authoring the state Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan.