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Ohio State names two new college leaders

The Ohio State University's two national leadership searches have ended successfully, with the announcement of two new deans. Patrick M. Lloyd has been appointed dean of the College of Dentistry, and Bernadette M. Melnyk has been named dean of the College of Nursing and associate vice president for Health Promotion and chief wellness officer. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, the appointments are effective on Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, respectively.

Lloyd comes to Ohio State from the University of Minnesota, where he currently serves as dean of the School of Dentistry and professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences. He replaces Carole Anderson, who has served as dean of the college since 2006 and is retiring after 25 years at Ohio State. She will continue as dean until Lloyd's arrival.

Melnyk currently serves as dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation. She replaces Betty Lenz, who is returning to the faculty after serving as dean for the College of Nursing for 10 years. Lenz will continue to serve as dean until Melnyk arrives on campus in September.

"Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Melnyk are simply outstanding leaders in their fields," said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. "I now look forward to the great things they will do here to make the College of Dentistry and the College of Nursing the very best in this country.

"Once again, I am indebted to Dr. Anderson and Dr. Lenz for their service to Ohio State. That we were in a position to attract such sterling talent is surely a tribute to their fine work," said Gee.

As dean of Ohio State's College of Dentistry, Lloyd will lead the third-largest public dental school in the United States, with eight academic units representing all major dental specialties. The college offers both patient care services and academic programs, allowing dentists to train as specialists. First established in 1890, the Ohio State University College of Dentistry continues to graduate a large majority of the practicing dentists and dental hygienists in the Great Lakes region.

Prior to his tenure at the University Minnesota, Lloyd served as a department executive officer in the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa from 1996 to 2004. Prior to that, he led the division of Special Patient Care at the Marquette University School of Dentistry from 1992 to 1996.

Lloyd earned his DDS and an M.S. in prosthodontics from Marquette University.

His research and scholarship includes the effect of age on the human dentition, graduate dental education curricula in geriatrics, and the interdisciplinary care of the older adult patient. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow, Clinical Medicine Section, Gerontological Society of America. He previously served as co-president of the International College of Prosthodontists. He is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education; a member of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure and of the Council of Deans of the American Dental Association. In addition, he is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Dental Therapy, Minnesota Dental Association.

In her role as dean of the College of Nursing, Melynk will oversee a college with more than 1,300 students, more than 90 faculty members. Ohio State'nursing program began in 1914, and offers preparation for leadership in the nursing profession at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Prior to serving at Arizona State, Melnyk was a faculty member at the University of Rochester from 1992 to 2004. From 1999 to 2004, she was professor and associate dean for research and director of the Center for Research & Evidenced-Based Practice and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing and also served as professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Melynk earned a B.S. in nursing from West Virginia University, an M.S. in nursing and pediatric nurse practitioner certification from the University of Pittsburgh; and a PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-masters certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

She is a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health. Her research areas include interventions to improve coping/mental health outcomes in high-risk children and families, and healthy lifestyle interventions with adolescents and college youth.

She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She also serves as one of only two nurse practitioners on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force. Among dozens of other prestigious honors, she received the 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer Award from the Western Institute of Nursing, as well as the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) first NINR Director's Lectureship Award in 2010.