After a national search, Daemen University has appointed Greg Ford as founding dean for the new College of Health Professions.
As Dean, Ford is charged with establishing strategic priorities for the College of Health Professions and advancing the mission and vision of Daemen University.
“As founding dean, Dr. Ford will bring vision and critical institutional knowledge to this new leadership role,” said Daemen President Gary Olson. “Daemen is Western New York’s premiere health care educator, and we look forward to his leadership in developing our newly created college of health sciences disciplines.”
Ford described his new appointment, effective June 1, as a “great honor.”
“I look forward to working with and supporting the outstanding faculty, staff, and students within the college to continue the storied tradition of excellence that the health professions programs at Daemen University have long been known for,” said Ford. “The rich history of Daemen being a leader in health profession programs will be a solid platform for future growth. Together, we will enhance academic excellence and achievement, diversity and accessibility, and external partnerships to positively impact healthcare in the Western New York community, region, and nation.”
Ford has been a member of the Daemen community for over 20 years and has served as chair of the Physical Therapy Department since 2011. He has served the university as both president and vice president of the Faculty Senate and is the current commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Ford earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Daemen. He earned his PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2008.
After achieving university status in March of 2022, Daemen announced the formation of the three academic units at the institution: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; the College of Health Professions; and the College of Health, Human Sciences, and Business. A national search for the founding dean of the latter college is in progress.