Ohio governor, state legislators honor CHSP for 40 years of exceptional education, research and outreach







Ohio governor, state legislators honor CHSP for 40 years of exceptional education, research and outreach


By Joe Higgins


Representatives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office and multiple state legislators invited Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions to the Ohio Statehouse last week to honor and commemorate the college for its 40th anniversary and its continued commitment to providing exceptional healthcare education, research and community outreach.


Prior to sharing the proclamation from the Ohio Governor’s Office, Cathleen Young-Riley, a liaison for Gov. DeWine, noted that, when she hears the words “world class,” she thinks of Ohio University.


“OHIO is that bright and shining star in Southeast Ohio,” said Young-Riley. “Its impact will never change.”


The proclamation, signed by Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. John Husted, shared the following congratulatory message:


“It is with great pride that we acknowledge this important milestone… As you celebrate and reflect on these last 40 years, we encourage you to remember the people and the events associated with CHSP, the rich history while looking forward to future generations who will walk through its halls.”


Regan Burke, a liaison for Senator Frank Hoagland, Nick Derksen, director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, representatives from the state office of Medicaid and an acknowledgement from Representative Jay Edwards were also part of the day’s congratulatory chorus.


Ohio University Provost Dr. Chaden Djalali said he was thrilled to be able to be a part of the ceremony, and he thanked members of the state legislature, community partners and others for doing so as well.


“Academic excellence, exceptional access and personalized student experiences are hallmarks of Ohio University. And, since its founding in 1979, CHSP has exemplified those hallmarks,” Djalali said. “Thousands of students engage in high-impact research and provide community service that has made our region and our world a better place. Today, more than 33,000 CHSP alumni from diverse areas and an array of programs are advancing healthcare across Ohio and in 34 countries around the world.” 


Djalali also noted that, under the leadership and guidance of Dean Randy Leite, CHSP has continued to focus on graduating future leaders in the competitive, technological and culturally diverse global healthcare environment.


Leite has served as dean of the college for the past decade; he said he looks at the college’s anniversary as both a chance to reflect and an opportunity to build for the future.


“I’m very proud of everything the college has achieved, but I’m more excited about the future that awaits CHSP,” Leite said. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to prepare the next generation of professionals who will ensure the health and wellbeing of Ohio citizens, and we look forward to continuing to stand as a resource for the state and continuing to stand as the best example of academic, pedagogical and scholarly innovation.”


CHSP, formerly the College of Health and Human Services, was formed in 1979 under the leadership of its founding dean, Dr. Hilda Richards; Richards was the first black academic college dean and the first female academic dean in Ohio University’s history. CHSP quickly grew to accommodate an increasing national need for healthcare professionals with Richards at the helm.


Today, CHSP is recognized as one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country with more than 30 academic majors housed in six schools and departments.


  • The School of Nursing boasts one of the best and most affordable RN to BSN programs in the country as well as a highly regarded on-campus BSN program, several online MSN tracks and a Dublin-based DNP program.
  • The School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness graduates superior professionals in athletic training, dietetics, exercise physiology and food and nutrition sciences.
  • The School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences is home to successful divisions that include communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy and physician assistant practice.
  • One of the more unique and flexible degrees available at CHSP is housed within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies. The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies degree builds leadership and critical thinking skills that help students pursue careers in a number of health-related disciplines. The department also offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate certificate and global health programs.
  • The Department of Social and Public Health prides itself on preparing graduates to positively impact the health and social wellbeing of individuals, families and entire communities through a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the new Master of Public Health online option.
  • The newest department in CHSP is the Department of Social Work, which offers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. Its master’s program, now available online and on campus, offers tracks to suit numerous social work career paths.


The college has also expanded its presence to Dublin, Ohio, in recent years — a location that currently offers graduate-level programs in physician assistant practice, nursing, nutrition and athletic training.


Additional information about CHSP and its 40th anniversary is available online.