Kenneth Wong, Yolanda Ogbolu, and Sarah L.J. Michel

Learn about Kenneth H. Wong of the Graduate School, Yolanda Ogbolu of the School of Nursing, and Sarah L.J. Michel of the School of Pharmacy in the latest issue of “CATALYST” magazine.

Photo: Kenneth Wong, Yolanda Ogbolu, and Sarah L.J. Michel

This academic year, there are new deans leading three of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) schools: Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, NNP, FNAP, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON); Kenneth H. Wong, PhD, of the University of Maryland Graduate School who also is vice provost for graduate education; and Sarah L.J. Michel, PhD, of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP).

Ogbolu is a Baltimore native who earned her BSN, MS, and PhD degrees­ at UMB and returned to teach at UMSON 13 years ago. She became dean of UMSON on July 17 after serving as chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice; co-director of the Center for Health Equity and Outcomes Research; co-director of the Global Learning to Advance Health Equity Network; associate professor at UMSON; and assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program.

Wong, who assumed the deanship at the Graduate School on Aug. 14, previously was the senior associate dean of the Graduate School for the National Capital Region and director of the Northern Virginia Center at Virginia Tech. As a research professor, he has studied medical imaging, radiation therapy, image-guided interventions, and applications of machine learning in these fields.

Michel took the reins at UMSOP officially Oct. 15 after serving as interim dean since June 1. She previously was chair of UMSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean for graduate programs. Michel, who has worked at UMSOP for 19 years, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of metals in medicine.

In addition, UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, and Provost and Executive Vice President Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA, announced Oct. 30 that Emily Hurst, MSLS, will be the next dean of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library and associate vice provost at UMB. She will start Feb. 1, 2024, and CATALYST magazine will feature her in a future issue.

Get to know the new academic deans, who answered these questions for CATALYST magazine.

You can read the Fall 2023 issue of CATALYST magazine, which highlights the work of the UMB Center for Violence Prevention; UMB's many innovations such as the School of Pharmacy training students to administer long-acting injectables; community initiatives such as YouthWorks and workforce programs; UMB’s sustainability efforts to install a weather station; and much, much more!

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