The University of Findlay has selected Dr. Richard B. States to serve as interim dean for the College of Health Professions. States replaces Dr. Andrea Koepke, who is leaving UF in early January to take the position of Associate Vice President for Accreditation at the American Osteopathic Association in Chicago.
States has been a key leader in the College of Health Professions since coming to UF in 2002 as the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) Assistant Director and as an assistant professor. In 2003 he was named director of NMI, and was awarded tenure in 2008 and became the Director for the Medical Laboratory Science Program and Chair of Diagnostic Services Department. States also serves as Director for the Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography Program and the Healthcare Management Program as well as serving as the Radiation Safety Officer for UF. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor. Most recently, the Diagnostic Services Department grew under his leadership to include the Master of Science in Health Informatics (on-campus and online), Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography, the bachelor’s degree completion – Health Administration Strand, and the Master of Business Administration – Health Care Management Concentration Programs.
Prior to coming to UF, States was the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the University Medical Center Health System and the Nuclear Medicine Supervisor for the University Medical Center Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the lead technologist for the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
States holds a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA with a focus on health care administration from Wayland Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
The University plans to launch a national search for a permanent dean for the College of Health Professions early in the spring semester.