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March 21, 2008

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UT Tyler Appoints New Provost and VP for Academic Affairs


Peter J. Fos has been named the next provost and vice president of academic affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

He succeeds Dr. Richard Osburn who has announced his retirement effective May 2008.

Fos was one of five finalists out of 92 applicants from across the nation.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Fos to UT Tyler. We thank Rick Osburn for four years of outstanding service to this university and laying the ground work for Peter to lend his exceptional talents and expertise to continuing our growth,” Mabry said.

Fos comes to UT Tyler after serving four years as the dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Health, which enrolls 3,000 students and employs 335 faculty and staff.

“Dr. Fos has had a successful tenure as dean of USM’s College of Health. He has built the size, reputation and research success of that college while continuing his own research and publication in the area of managerial epidemiology in health care administration. Pete has published over 50 papers, articles and reports in this field and also is the principle author of a best-selling textbook and another scholarly work in health care administration,” Mabry added.

As dean at USM, Fos coordinated academic programs for the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, School of Human Performance and Recreation, Department of Medical Technology, Department of Community Health, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, Applied Research Division of the National Food Services Management Institute and the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Training Services.

Fos also was a tenured professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences teaching courses in community health, health administration, decision sciences, health care negotiation, managerial epidemiology and economic evaluation.

He managed an operating budget of $25.5 million, which included $15.4 million of external funding and contributions. Under his leadership, external grants and contracts increased from $7.7 million to $13.3 million and contributions increased from $360,000 to $2.1 million.

Fos has received numerous honors and awards since beginning his academic career, after practicing dentistry for 10 years.

He is the principal author of “Designing Health Care for Populations: Applied Epidemiology in Health Care Administration,” and he has been awarded more than $3 million in external grants and contracts for his extensive research in health care.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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