Craig Thatcher, named executive dean of ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Health Outcomes@ASU:

Craig Thatcher, executive dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation, will serve as interim executive vice provost for Health Outcomes@ASU, effective June 1. The interim dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation will report to him as will the interim director of a planned School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.

These changes follow the announced departure of dean Bernadette Melnyk, who is moving to Ohio State University as dean of their College of Nursing, associate vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer.

Thatcher joined the School of Applied Arts and Sciences at the Polytechnic campus in 2008 as professor and dean.  In 2009, he was appointed the executive dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation. Thatcher received his master’s degree, doctorate of veterinary medicine and doctorate in nutritional physiology from Iowa State University in 1977, 1981 and 1982 respectively. After graduation, Thatcher spent several years in private mixed-animal practice in Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1983 and was on the faculty until June 2008. He served as head of the College’s Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department from 1992-2004 and was associated with the teaching, service, research and extension programs in the discipline of veterinary nutrition.

His research interest is in the area of comparative nutrition and the role of antioxidant nutrients in health and disease.

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