Founding Dean, Joint School of Public Health



Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk State University (NSU) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) have entered into a historic collaboration to establish the first school of public health in Virginia.

The joint School of Public Health will improve population health by preparing the next generation of public health scholars, practitioners and leaders. Through education, scholarship and community engagement, the school will illuminate public health challenges and translate research into practice and partnerships to advance health equity in Eastern Virginia and to serve public health needs and interests across the nation.

ODU, NSU and EVMS seek a founding dean to engage stakeholders and community partners in articulating a vision and forging a distinctive identity for Virginia’s inaugural school of public health. The dean will inspire the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, research, service and practice, guiding the school through CEPH accreditation and propelling it towards pre-eminence as the nation’s newest leading school of public health.

Learn more about the partner institutions and the joint School of Public Health here.

Candidates must possess a demonstrable record of commitment to enhancing health equity, substantive prior administrative leadership experience, and a combination of distinguished scholarship, teaching and professional accomplishments meritorious of appointment as a full professor with tenure.

Applicants should provide the following using WittKieffer’s candidate portal: 1) a letter of interest stating how their experiences and qualifications align with the themes expressed in the leadership profile; 2) a CV; and 3) a statement that reflects their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as well as their demonstrated experience working in diverse communities and with students from underrepresented groups.

To ensure thorough consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit materials by December 15, 2021.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the search consultants, Robin Mamlet, Philip Tang and Ashley Rittgers, at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.