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Shari McMahan Appointed Deputy Provost

May 12, 2014

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Shari McMahan

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Shari McMahan has been named deputy provost at Cal State Fullerton, effective July 1.

McMahan, a member of the campus community since 2000, most recently served as dean of the College of Health and Human Development and interim associate vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer.

"I am very excited that Dr. McMahan will be serving in this capacity and am confident that she will serve with distinction," said José L. Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I look forward to working with her, our division, and the campus community as we drive to advance our mission and achieve our strategic goals and objectives."

As dean, McMahan oversaw the departments of Child and Adolescent Studies, Counseling, Health Science, Human Services, Kinesiology and Social Work, as well as the college's School of Nursing and its Military Science Program. She also oversaw the development of the doctor of nursing practice on campus, and the centers for Sport Performance, Autism, and Boys and Men.

In addition, the college houses the University's Health Promotion Research Institute, Sport and Movement Institute and the centers for Advancement of Responsible Youth Sports, Cancer Disparities Research, Community Collaboration, Fall Prevention, Fibromyalgia Research and Education, Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention, Sport Performance and Successful Aging, as well as the Employee Wellness Program.

Throughout her career in academia, McMahan has taken on numerous activities and leadership positions. She served as chair of the Department of Health Science; coordinator of the Masters of Public Health Program; director of the Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention; associate director of graduate studies; and as a committee member on several key university committees, including the Academic Senate's Executive Council, Graduate Education, General Education, Professional Leaves, University Advancement, and Instructionally Related Activities.

As a faculty member, she has acquired more than $1 million in external funding, published 50 journal articles, books chapters and monographs, and given more than 100 presentations to scholarly and community groups regarding her research. 

McMahan said is very focused on student success and "is delighted to broaden opportunities for universitywide engagement of faculty, staff and students."

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