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Scott Gordon to Lead A-State Health Professions College

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Dr. Scott Gordon will become the next dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced Thursday.

Gordon is associate dean and former interim dean of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He’d succeed Dr. Susan Hanrahan, who is retiring after 26 years at A-State this June, as dean, pending ASU System board approval on June 3. 

Gordon would begin work on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Gordon brings a wide background of academic research and leadership to Arkansas State, and his experience at Kennesaw State in the leadership of a college structured very similarly to ours is a great strength,” Damphousse said in a news release. “The College of Nursing and Health Professions is one of our largest colleges, and it has a huge impact on our health care community and local economy.”

Gordon said Hanrahan built the health professions college into a robust college, adding that her legacy is a springboard to an exciting future.  

“In a time when health care is increasingly vital yet understaffed, I will work passionately alongside CNHP’s dedicated faculty, staff and students to further the college’s mission of addressing the health care education, research and outreach needs of Northeast Arkansas and beyond,” he said.

Gordon is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He completed his master’s and doctorate at Penn State University. He’s done post-doctoral work in physiology and molecular biology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at the University of Missouri.

During his time as associate dean and interim dean, Wellstar College had a three-fold increase in external grant submissions. Faculty added $1.5 million in grant funding in the last two years, with an additional $1.8 million pending from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. 

Gordon is a U.S. Army veteran who served at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine during his active duty years, then served as a medic in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for five years.  He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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