Richard Hamman has stepped aside as the founding dean of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver and Professor Judith Albino will serve as interim dean during a national search for Hamman's replacement. Vice Chancellor and Dean Dick Krugman will chair the search.
Since being appointed dean in 2007, Hamman successfully saw the school open and receive accreditation as the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain West. On Dec. 31, 2010, Hamman stepped down in order to return to full-time teaching and research within the department of epidemiology.
The school recently initiated a strategic planning process in order to define future strategic goals. The leadership transition is a natural component to this process, providing a fresh perspective and leadership style to the school's ongoing development.
Albino, who assumed the role of interim dean Jan. 11, is principal investigator and director of the Center for Native Oral Health Research, the only NIH-funded center for research in oral health disparities that is focused on the American Indian/Alaska Native population.
Albino is a health psychologist; her CSPH appointment is in the department of community and behavioral health, and she also is a faculty member of the School of Dental Medicine.