Dr. Yong "Tai" Wang has been named professor and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Texas atTyler, effective Aug. 1, Dr. Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced.
He fills the vacancy left by Dr. Linda Klotz's retirement and will follow Dr. Pam Martin, UT Tyler professor of nursing and college associate dean, who has served as interim dean since last February.
"I appreciate Dr. Pam Martin for her service to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as interim dean. She has been an excellent member of the Academic Affairs leadership team. Please join me inthanking Dr. Martin for her excellent work and in welcoming Dr. Wang to his new role and to The University of Texas at Tyler," White said.
Wang comes to UT Tyler from Georgia State University, where he serves as professor and assistant dean in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions.
He has been involved in more than $5 million in grants regarding patient rehabilitation and holds the patent for the EZ Push Wheelchair, suitable for stroke patients and elderly users.
Wang also has authored or co-authored more than 40 refereed journal articles and dozens of proceedings and abstracts.
He holds master's degrees in biomechanics and exercise science from Indiana's Ball State University and the Wuhan Institute of Physical Education in China, respectively, as well as a Ph.D. in rehabilitative biomechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UTTyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.