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A Message from Dean Protas

Dr. Freeman

I am pleased to announce that Vicki Freeman, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department and Susan Logan Endowed Professor in the School of Health Professions has been accepted as a member of the 2014-2015 class of Fellows in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel). Her selection places her among the very best and brightest of today's and tomorrow's women leaders in academic STEM fields. ELATE at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and university. ELATE is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine. It is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Freeman was elected to the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers and the Texas Academy of Health Sciences Education in 2007. As a result she was designated a Marie Hall Scholar, an honor for Academy of Master Teacher members. Dr. Freeman is the current President of the Academy of Master Teachers. In 2008, she received the Minnie Stevens Piper Award, a statewide award only given to a limited number of faculty each year. She was awarded the Susan Logan Endowed Professorship from UTMB and the Outstanding Leader Award in the School of Health Professions in 2005 and 2009. Dr. Freeman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Master Teachers in 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry in 2007, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology gave her the Associate Excellence in Education Award in 2004. Dr. Freeman is the principal investigator on a $4.9 million Department of Labor grant to recruit individuals into Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This has been a very successful effort and has significantly increased enrollment in her program.

Please join me in congratulating her on this major accomplishment.

Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging