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Connolly Appointed Interim Dean
for the College of Allied Health Sciences at
University of Tennessee
Memphis, Tenn. (November 25, 2008) – Today, Hershel P.
Wall, MD, chancellor for the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), announced the appointment of Barbara H. Connolly, EdD, DPT, as interim dean for the
UT College of Allied Health Sciences.
The appointment becomes effective in December when the current dean, William R. Frey, PhD, retires.
“Barbara has been a member of our Health Science
Center family for more
than 35 years,” said Chancellor Wall.
“We know she will work in close collaboration with the leaders of all the
Allied Health units to keep the
college moving forward until a permanent dean is named.”
The UT College of Allied Health Sciences
includes the departments of
Audiology & Speech Pathology, Cytotechnology, Dental
Hygiene, Health Informatics and Information Management, Medical Technology,
Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
Dr. Connolly is a professor of physical therapy
and has been chair of the Department
of Physical Therapy for 21 years. She
will continue in these roles while
serving as interim dean.
In November 2006, Therapy Times recognized
her as one of its 25 Most Influential in the therapy field. She was acknowledged for her passion for the
physical therapy profession, sterling leadership skills, unparalleled dedication to education and unwavering
commitment to shaping the PT field nationally and internationally.
Under her leadership, the Physical Therapy Department at UTHSC has
advanced its degrees offered from Bachelor of Science to Master’s and most
recently, to Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In addition, she has initiated several advanced-degree programs for
previously credentialed practitioners, such as the
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Dr. Connolly was a founding member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA)
section of pediatrics and subsequently was president of the
In 1985, she represented the
APTA at the World Rehabilitation
Fund (part of the World Health
Organization). In 2007, she was elected
president of the International
Organization of Paediatric Physical Therapists. In recognition of her role as an outstanding
mentor for professional and pre-professional students, Dr. Connolly received the 2001 Jeanne Fisher Distinguished Mentorship
Award from APTA. As a result of her
efforts to establish the first
Minority Affairs and Recruitment Advisory Committee for the
UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences, the
Physical Therapy Department received the
2000 APTA Diversity Award.
In September 2006, Dr. Connolly was
awarded the Memphis Business
Journal’s Health Care Heroes Health Care Provider Non-Physician Award. She is a Catherine
Worthingham Fellow of the APTA and is one of approximately 100 physical therapists in the
who has earned this designation as recognition of their
vision and leadership. Dr. Connolly is the only Tennessean to receive this award.
Dr. Frey was appointed dean of the
college in January and had served as interim dean since May 2005. He has been a member of the UTHSC team for five years.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is
focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public
service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the
health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training
opportunities, the main campus is
located in Memphis
and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health
Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.