High Point University today named Dr. Daniel Erb as the new dean of the School of Health Sciences. The school’s first phase of a brand new $40 million state-of-the-art building is set to open in the late spring of 2017 with the second phase following a year later. Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, says Erb will assume his new role at HPU on Jan. 1, 2011. He will be involved in developing the curriculum in the health sciences programs, and will also hire faculty and staff, and work with the area medical community in the establishment of clinical sites.”Dr. Erb comes to High Point University from a very successful career at Duke University,” Carroll says. “He has been involved in teaching and research, as well as professional accrediting agencies.”Dr. Erb served as the director of Graduate Studies and associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center for the past 11 years.
Erb graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in physical therapy, and received a master’s degree and doctorate in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.”With our already strong undergraduate science programs, the health sciences seems to be a natural next step as the university seeks to broaden and improve our current academic programs,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll. “Also, the entire High Point community will benefit from these new programs as we will be training a new set of health care professionals in our own community.”
The new School of Health Sciences will house the current undergraduate programs in exercise science, as well as graduate programs in physician assistant studies, physical therapy and athletic training. In addition, the university is also creating of a School of Pharmacy, which will open in fall of 2016.