Lifting others so that they may soar

University Community — June 15, 2023

Lifting others so that they may soar

Departing deans' impact felt by many

When three of The Ohio State University's health sciences deans step down this summer, they will share a combined legacy built on high-impact achievements and a culture of unwavering support.

Amy Fairchild, dean of the College of Public Health; Henry Mann, dean of the College of Pharmacy; and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, will leave their respective colleges, and Ohio State, in strong positions for future growth.

"We are grateful for the extraordinary service of these leaders," said Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa L. Gilliam. "Their passion for advancing excellence has inspired students, colleagues, and partners across Ohio and the nation. Their impact has been profound."

Dean Amy Fairchild

College of Public Health

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Since joining the university in July 2019, Dean Amy Fairchild led the College of Public Health during an especially challenging time. Instrumental in the university's robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she provided critical leadership to the Comprehensive Monitoring Team and creation of the Contact Tracing Team, which worked to keep students, faculty, staff and the broader community safe. During Fairchild's tenure, the college saw rising enrollment, and increased research expenditures and donor support. Faculty and staff grew by 40%.

Under her leadership, the college also became a national thought leader. Fairchild regularly offered her expertise to leading media outlets while encouraging and supporting other faculty as they did the same. The college continues to rank in the U.S. News & World Report top 25 colleges and programs of public health at No. 22 overall and is ranked the top program in Ohio. The college's Master of Health Administration program ranks eighth among the top 10 programs in the nation. The college's epidemiology specialty ranks 19th. Upon stepping down as dean, Fairchild will join Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a professor.

Dean Henry Mann

College of Pharmacy

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Henry Mann has served as dean of the College of Pharmacy for 10 years. Under his leadership, the college has excelled, maintaining its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) top 10 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. It is currently ranked seventh in the country. Total research funding at the college grew from $5.8 million in 2013 to $19.2 million in 2022. A true advocate for students, Mann led the launch of a new curriculum for the PharmD program emphasizing patient-centered care and oversaw significant building renovations to improve learning spaces in Parks Hall and the Riffe Building.

By cultivating dynamic interdisciplinary relationships between the college and the Wexner Medical Center, students, researchers and patients have benefitted from enhanced health outcomes within the central Ohio community, across the state and throughout the country. The launch of the PharmD Early Assurance Program for undergraduates created a clear pathway and pipeline for students to successfully launch their careers. The combined Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and PharmD program shortened the time to degree completion from eight years to seven, reducing student debt and getting graduates to the job market a year earlier. Mann will continue to serve on the college's faculty.

Dean Bernadette Melnyk

College of Nursing

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Under Dean Bernadette Melnyk's leadership, the College of Nursing's academic programming expanded significantly while national rankings and student support soared. During her 12-year tenure, the college launched the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness and online programs Master of Clinical Research, Master of Healthcare Innovation, and the nation's first Doctor of Nursing Education. During this time of growth and innovation, faculty and staff at the college tripled, enrollment doubled, and the college raised $16 million for student scholarships, which benefitted more than 1,500 learners. Among the college's top-ranked programs, U.S. News & World Report ranks the college's online Master of Science in Nursing No. 2 in the nation, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing No. 5, the campus-based Master of Science in Nursing No. 8 and the RN to BSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice each at No. 11. Seven of the college's specialty programs are also ranked in the nation's top 10.

Melnyk's passion for nurse practitioner-led care guided the creation of Total Health and Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center offering an interprofessional team approach to integrated physical and mental health care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital. And in August 2022, the college opened its new home in Jane E. Heminger Hall. Melnyk will transition out of her role as dean to focus on her roles as The Ohio State University vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer.

In honor of Melnyk and her transformational tenure as dean, the College of Nursing created the Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk Mental Health Fund for Adolescents and Young Adults for those interested to invest in her vision to promote young people's mental health and well-being.

"These accomplishments are just a few of the many highlights characterizing purposeful, impactful careers," said Gilliam. "Their work has touched many, and their legacies will be felt for years to come."