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Jane Meza, Ph.D., named interim dean of College of Public Health

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Jane Meza, Ph.D.
Jane Meza, Ph.D., professor and chairwoman in the department of biostatistics, has been named interim dean of the College of Public Health effective September 1.

UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., made the announcement Thursday afternoon in a meeting with the college's faculty. She will assume duties on Aug. 16 when Dean Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H., leaves on vacation and then his new position as head the School of Public Health at the City University of New York.

"Jane is highly regarded by the faculty in the college and on campus. She is well known nationally in her field. Her enthusiasm, sincerity, motivation, knowledge and leadership skills will continue to move the college forward during the interim period," Dr. Maurer said.

The announcement was greeted with a standing ovation by the faculty.

"The College of Public Health has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Dr. El-Mohandes and I'm looking forward to working with faculty and staff during this time to continue that momentum and to help prepare the college for a new dean."

Jane Meza, Ph.D.

Dr. Meza, who also is director for the Center for Collaboration on Research, Design and Analysis, joined UNMC in 2000 after receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"I'm honored to have this opportunity to serve the College of Public Health and the university. The College of Public Health has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Dr. El-Mohandes and I'm looking forward to working with faculty and staff during this time to continue that momentum and to help prepare the college for a new dean," she said.

She works with researchers on campus on the design and analysis of 10 studies and is principal investigator of two additional grants. These studies range from cancer treatment, COPD, HIV/AIDS to smoking cessation programs. Her particular interest is in cancer research with the goal of reducing the incidence of cancer and improving the quality of life for patients with cancer.

Dr. Meza is a biostatistician with the Children's Oncology Group, which is the only national cooperative group that conducts clinical trials in pediatric cancer, and is a member of the Children's Oncology Group Statistics and Data Center. She was one of UNMC's 2011 Distinguished Scientists.

She has published 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to three books, written 52 abstracts and given 19 presentations in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Maurer said a search for a new dean is already underway. He hopes to have the position filled by June 2014. He wished Dr. El-Mohandes and his family the best of luck in their new venture.

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Mary Haven
August 05, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Dr. Meza: Congratulations on your appointment as Interim Dean. I am cretin that you will excel in this position as you have excelled in all your academic endeavors.

Search committee set

A national firm will assist a 15-person UNMC committee in the search for a new dean for the College of Public Health.

The committee, led by James Turpen, Ph.D., professor of genetics, cell biology and anatomy, and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, and the firm, Korn/Ferry International, have started the national search to replace Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H.

Joining Dr. Turpen on the search committee are:

  • Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor for research;
  • Kenneth Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center;
  • Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy;
  • Ward Chambers, M.D., coordinator of UNMC's International Health and Medical Education program;
  • Tom Tape, M.D., professor of general medicine, College of Medicine;
  • Corrine Hanson, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical nutrition education, School of Allied Health Professions;
  • Connie Miller, Ph.D., director of the College of Nursing Learning Resource Center;
  • Jim Stimpson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Policy, College of Public Health;
  • Renaisa Anthony, M.D., assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health;
  • Rosanna Morris, adjunct senior clinical associate, College of Nursing;
  • Mark Bowen, director of government relations;
  • Jeremy Hosein, a fourth-year medical student and UNMC's Student Senate president for 2013;
  • B.J. Reed, Ph.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Nebraska-Omaha;
  • Fred Simon, Omaha Steaks;
  • Bob Kully, Kully Financial Services; and
  • Gerald Luckey, M.D.

Nominations for internal and external candidates for the position can be submitted to Dr. Turpen via email.