U Names New Dean for College of Health

U Names New Dean for College of Health

May 11, 2003 6:00 PM

James E. "Jay" Graves, Ph.D., currently associate dean for Graduate Studies, Budget and Research in the College of Education at Syracuse University, New York, has been named the new dean of the University of Utah College of Health.

The appointment, effective July 1, was approved today by the U of U Board of Trustees. A. Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, announced Graves' appointment.

Graves is a distinguished researcher in the areas of exercise and aging, musculoskeletal physiology, exercise training for prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic injury, and body composition analysis. He started at Syracuse in 1993, serving in several research and teaching positions, including professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science. He became associate dean in July 2000.

In 1999, Graves received the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year award from Syracuse.

Before going to Syracuse, Graves held numerous teaching and research positions at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and was instrumental in the development of that school's Center for Exercise Science.

He received a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College, New York, and a master's degree, from Central Connecticut State University, both in biological sciences, and a doctorate in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1985.

Graves has co-authored two books and edited another, written chapters for nearly 20 books, and published and edited dozens of monographs, abstracts, and papers. His background ideally suits the job, according to Betz.

"With more than 1,500 students, the College of Health spans numerous areas, ranging from food and nutrition to physical therapy and health promotion and education," he said. "Dr. Graves' experience in higher education administration and research expertise in a variety of areas are just what we need to lead this broad program."

Graves belongs to the American College of Sports Medicine and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and held fellowships in both organizations. He also is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Mid Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine.

He has received numerous research grants, lectured before dozens of groups and conferences, and serves as a reviewer or editor on 11 journals.

Graves succeeds John M. Dunn, Ed.D., who served as dean of health from 1995 until last fall when he became provost and vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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