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College of Health Sciences names two interim deans for fast-growing schools

Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, has announced that faculty leaders with deep classroom and administrative experience will lead two of the college’s four schools as the fall academic term begins.

Michael “Mike” Mann has been named interim divisional dean of the School of Public and Population Health, formerly the Department of Public Health and Population Science. Tony Roark will serve as interim divisional dean of the School of Social Work.

Mike Mann
Mike Mann

Mann earned his Ph.D. in health and human behavior from the University of Florida in 2007 and has been with Boise State since 2018, becoming associate divisional dean of the department the following year. He also has served the school as graduate program director. His work as an associate professor and researcher focuses on integrating student health promotion into the public school experience, public health and public school partnerships, and advocating for child, adolescent and school health.

“Dr. Mann has been a strong leader within the School of Public and Population Health and is well positioned to continue supporting the positive momentum and good work of the team,” Dunnagan said. “We are happy that he has graciously agreed to serve in this capacity.”

Tony Roark
Tony Roark

Roark is a Boise native who received his bachelor of arts in philosophy and English from the University of Idaho and his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Washington. He has been with Boise State for 22 years, starting as an adjunct instructor.

He has served in a variety of capacities across the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences, among them chair of the Department of Philosophy, associate dean and dean of Arts and Sciences, and interim provost, a position he held through much of the university’s response to the global pandemic.

“Dr. Roark is a seasoned leader and has generously and ably served our university in many roles and capacities,” Dunnagan said. “We are thrilled to have him join us in the School of Social Work and the college for this next academic year.”

Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences is made up of four schools – Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Social Work and Public and Population Health – and University Health Services. The schools house multiple departments and programs for students enrolled in online, hybrid and in-person modalities at the undergraduate, graduate and career levels; multiple certificates also are available through the college.