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Barbara Arrington to Take on Major Review of Health Practitioner Education

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Barbara Arrington, currently dean of the College of Health and Human Services, will be stepping aside from that position to undertake a detailed study of the future role of UNH in educating health professionals.

In announcing the new assignment, Provost John Aber noted the rapidly changing landscape both in health care across the region, and in the number and format of educational programs available. 

“Dr. Arrington has a deep understanding of the nature of the health care system in the region, and valuable connections with major hospital and health care organizations,” Aber said.  “She has extensive practical and academic experience in health services research, health management and policy, nursing and related fields, and we need to make use of that expertise as we take a long and deep look at where UNH can best serve the professions and the region in this field.”

Arrington has been dean of the College for 4 years, and has played a major role in increasing the research profile of the college, and also in increasing private support. She will begin this new assignment immediately, and has been asked to provide a report early in 2012.