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Director of Wellness and Prevention Appointed

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Division of Student Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Appalachian’s first Director of Wellness and Prevention. The Director will oversee University efforts to support and encourage Appalachian students to think critically about healthy decision-making and take meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behavior. The department will also provide oversight for the continuing development, implementation and assessment of programs and services related to the focus areas of alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, suicide and interpersonal violence.

Dr. Alex F. Howard is currently serving as Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health. At the University of Kentucky, he serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Bachelor in Public Health Program, Director of Practice and Service for Masters of Public Health field practicums, as consultant to community-based health agencies, and is engaged in scholarly activities pertaining to injury prevention in adolescents, crisis communication, and public health research. Prior to his current role at the University of Kentucky, he served as an adjunct professor at Eastern Kentucky University, and served at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR).

Dr. Howard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from High Point University and his Masters and Doctor of Public Health from the University of Kentucky.

Please help us welcome Dr. Howard and his family to our community.