Baylor’s Robbins College Announces Upcoming Leadership Transitions

February 7, 2024
Nadine Welch and Leigh Greathouse

Jason R. Carter, PhD, Dean of Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, has announced two key leadership appointments related to transitions within the College.

Nadine Welch has been appointed to a three-year term as Robbins College’s new Associate Dean for Undergraduate and International Studies. Welch currently serves as the Associate Chair of Residential Academic Programs, Undergraduate Program Director, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will succeed Nicole McAninch, PhD, who has served in the Associate Dean position as Interim since Spring 2023. McAninch will return to her role as Clinical Associate Professor and Division Leader for Child and Family Studies within the Department of Human Sciences and Design.

“Nadine has demonstrated excellent leadership skills both within her department and across the University. I am looking forward to seeing how her rich experience working with undergraduate students and departmental administration positively impact Robbins College through this new role,” Dean Carter shared. “At the same time, I want to extend my immense gratitude to Nicole McAninch for her faithful service as Interim Associate Dean. She has made a significant impact across the College over the past year through her tireless and selfless work.”

Last fall, Eva Doyle, PhD, Chair of the Department of Public Health, announced her desire to return to her position on faculty at the conclusion of the 2023-24 academic year, having served in the chair role since 2018. As the external search for the next Chair of the Department of Public Health continues, Leigh Greathouse, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences, has been appointed Interim Chair for the next academic year. 

“I am deeply appreciative of Eva’s leadership over these many years and am grateful she will continue to make invaluable contributions to the Department of Public Health as a member of the faculty. As we search for the next Public Health Chair, I am excited about the potential of Leigh’s interim leadership of the Department,” Dean Carter said. “Leigh holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is one of the most experienced researchers in the College, which will provide impactful and timely leadership and mentorship opportunities for her Public Health colleagues.”

Both the Associate Dean and Interim Department Chair appointments are effective June 1, 2024.