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Alumnus Greg Zimmerman chosen as CHP associate dean


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College of Health Professions Associate Dean Gregory Zimmerman (Courtesy Photo | University Communications)

Gregory Zimmerman, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University, will return to campus this fall as associate dean of the College of Health Professions.

Zimmerman was one of two candidates that visited campus this summer. His most recent position was at Ferris State University as head of the department of clinical laboratory science, respiratory care and health care system administration. Last year, Zimmerman was appointed to the Michigan Board of Occupational Therapists by Gov. Rick Snyder, a position he holds until Dec. 31, 2021.

According to University Communications, Zimmerman received a bachelor's degree in sports medicine and public health education from CMU in 1984. In 1991, he received a master's degree in health services administration. He holds a doctorate in higher education leadership, which he received from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Zimmerman was chosen in the most recent associate dean search, but the College of Health Professions began looking for someone to fill this position in fall 2017. The search committee accepted applications that December, but didn't find what it was looking for. The committee created a second job posting in February 2018, which reportedly brought in a strong number of candidates. Two candidates visited campus that spring, but neither one was selected for the position.

One year later, in April 2019, CHP Dean Tom Masterson announced a new search for the next associate dean with a new search committee and a new job posting. He told CM Life the first search was looking for someone to focus on the college's research. This new search, he said, was looking for someone to focus on enrollment, recruitment and managing the daily operations of the college. 

Zimmerman will take over for interim associate dean Denise Webster Sept. 9.

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