The following is the text of an email sent on May 23, 2023.
Dear SPH-B Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral Fellows:
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. NiCole Keith has been appointed Executive Associate Dean. An accomplished researcher and educator, Dr. Keith has served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine (2020–21) and holds a research appointment with the Regenstrief Institute.
As Executive Associate Dean, Dr. Keith will:
• Promote the reputation of the SPH-B faculties’ excellence in research, teaching, and service within IU and beyond
• Provide compassionate leadership for all faculty throughout their careers to achieve their maximum potential in pursuit of each individual’s professional goals
• Plan and facilitate outstanding faculty development and enrichment opportunities to refine pedagogical skills and creativity for the best overall experiences and outcomes for SPH-B students, the community, and the population at large
• Recruit outstanding scholars to positively impact the school's mission of advancing knowledge on health and wellness
"For 21 years, I have flourished among the faculty, staff and students at IUPUI," she says. "I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have prepared me to serve as Executive Associate Dean in the School of Public Health-Bloomington."
At every step, at every turn, at every moment—Dr. Keith has shown us again and again her spirit of devotion to others, her commitment to beneficence, her professionalism, and her strategic thinking. This spells leader. We are delighted that she has accepted our offer to nurture increasing excellence throughout the school.
"I enter this position embracing the words of Michelle Obama," Dr. Keith adds. "'[B]ecoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim…instead [it is] forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward [the] better…the journey doesn't end.'
"I am thankful and excited to partake in meaningful and positive work with SPH-B faculty, staff, and students."
David B. Allison, Ph.D.
Dean, Distinguished Professor, Provost Professor
Hsien-Chang Lin, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment