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UNLV removes ‘interim’ label, appoints dean for School of Public Health

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Shawn Gerstenberger, shown in this 2009 photo, was named dean of UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences.

Interim dean Sean Gerstenberger has accepted an offer to lead the School of Community Health Sciences at UNLV, the university announced today.

Gerstenberger, a member of UNLV's faculty since 1997, has been instrumental in the university's growth, according to a news release from UNLV announcing the appointment. In 2004, Gerstenberger helped to create UNLV’s School of Public Health and a master’s program in public health. He had been interim dean of the School of Community Health Sciences since 2013, succeeding Mary Guinan, who had led the school from its start in 2004.

“As UNLV works to achieve a Tier One designation and create a medical school, Shawn and the School of Community Health Sciences will make a vital contribution to these initiatives,” UNLV Provost John Valery White said in the news release.

Gerstenberger received his bachelor’s degree in reclamation from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and a master’s and doctorate in toxicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Adwoa Fosu is a UNLV junior completing an internship this summer at the Sun.

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