College of Health and Human Sciences

June 9, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, the Baylor University Board of Regents voted in May to establish the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) by uniting four existing health-related academic units and creating a forward-looking organizational structure to advance the University’s commitment to health-related education and research. The anchor units that will collaborate to form the College of HHS – Communication Sciences and Disorders; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health, Human Performance and Recreation; and the Louise Herrington School of Nursing – all share a common purpose of improving the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. The College of HHS will draw upon Baylor’s Christian mission and tradition in health care to prepare scholars and leaders who can translate theory into practice and advance knowledge of health, human behavior, and quality of life.

Bringing these academic units together in closer conversation and partnership will provide greater coordination and oversight of most health/human sciences-related programming, education, innovation, and research at the University. Curricula will be strengthened and opportunities for research, creative endeavors, and clinical experiences at Baylor should increase with a more coordinated effort as programs work together with external partners. The establishment of the College of HHS represents the culmination of more than three years of evaluation and input from numerous stakeholders, including Regents, the Provost’s office, deans, faculty and staff, external entities including health care partners, and the national consulting firm Grant Thornton.

Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, Dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, has been appointed to a two-year term as the inaugural Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Rodney G. Bowden, Ph.D., Professor of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation and Associate Dean for graduate programs and research in the School of Education, has been appointed Executive Associate Dean of the College of HHS. An implementation team will work together to address important issues associated with the introduction of the new College and create a timeline for the launch of various College of HHS initiatives.

More information is available in the College of Health and Human Sciences proposal. A College of HHS web page is forthcoming. Should you have questions about the College, please contact Dean Conroy at or Executive Associate Dean Bowden at

Warm regards,

David E. Garland

Interim Provost