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Clark named new dean of UM School of Public Health

Long-time kinesiology faculty member Jane Clark will serve as the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health for a two-year term beginning July 1.

Jane Clark

Clark will succeed founding Dean Robert Gold and will be charged with leading the school into a new collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore – effectively doubling the size of their respective Masters of Public Health programs.

Launched in 2007 in College Park, the University of Maryland School of Public Health is the only Mid-Atlantic public institution of its kind from North Carolina to New Jersey.

In 2010, UMD’s School of Public Health joined a consortium dedicated to meeting Maryland’s growing need for health professionals in medically under-served urban and rural communities. Currently, 137 areas in Maryland are listed as having a shortage of health professionals.

Another major priority for Clark will be the accreditation of the new Collaborative School of Public Health, a complex, multi-year process.

Clark currently serves as a professor in the UMD School of Public Health. She was chair of the Department of Kinesiology for ten years, and has received national recognition for her research and service.

Her research has focused on development of motor skills in young children, with a special focus on those with movement difficulties. Her passion is to help children achieve the competence and confidence to be physically active throughout their lives.

Clark has edited seven books, written 25 book chapters, published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, and presented hundreds of professional papers. Currently, she is on the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities, serves as associate editor of the Journal of Motor Learning and Development and is the founding editor of Kinesiology Review.