Jeffrey McCubbin, an executive associate dean at Oregon State University, has been named the new dean of CSUâ€™s College of Applied Human Sciences.
McCubbin was named an Oregon Stateâ€™s distinguished professor and his research has received more than $7 million in funding. He said the professional opportunity of the position drove his interests but said he had some influence from his wife and son who both graduated from CSU.
â€œHeâ€™s an accomplished individual,â€ said Gretchen Gerding, assistant to the dean for Communications and Programs of Applied Human Sciences, who was also on the search committee for the new dean. â€œWe wanted to bring someone like that to our college. Weâ€™re really excited that heâ€™s coming, and we think heâ€™s really the one to lead us and to take us to the next level.â€
As dean of the Applied Human Sciences, McCubbin said he plans to help the faculty to make good decisions and move together as one.
â€œMy job as a dean is to be to be a leader and mentor,â€ McCubbin said.
McCubbin, who has been at OSU since 1988, currently directs an internationally recognized graduate program in movement studies and disability. The program was designed to help professionals better respond to motor and physical fitness needs of people with disabilities.
â€œHeâ€™ll really be able to help us increase external funding,â€ Gerding said. â€œBoth for research and from our donors and alumnae.â€
As a graduate student, McCubbin said that he became interested in people with disabilities and their health.
â€œAs a professor you want to create and build something. You want to build a program that is sustainable for funding,â€ he said.
McCubbin will finish the term at OSU before he comes to CSU on July 1, where they have 9 more weeks worth of school.
In addition to his duties at CSU, McCubbin will also help mentor OSU Ph.D students who he has worked with from across the country until they graduate.
â€œWe had a large, strong pool of candidates,â€ Gerding said. â€œWe identified him right away because of his administrative and research roles.â€
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