Sechrist Named New TTUHSC School of Health Professions Dean

Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, Ph.D.

Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, Ph.D.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) named Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, Ph.D., as the new dean of the School of Health Professions.

Sechrist is the associate dean for Outcomes and Assessment at the TTUHSC School of Health Professions and a tenured associate professor. She previously was the director of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at TTUHSC. Sechrist joined TTUHSC in 2001 as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University (TTU), a master’s in occupational therapy from Texas Women’s University and bachelor degrees in occupational therapy from TTUHSC and physical education from TTU.

“Dr. Sechrist's passion for TTUHSC is evident and will no doubt be reflected in her position as dean and her demonstrated successes at TTUHSC will help to advance the school's momentum as our university continues to move forward,” TTUHSC Interim President Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., said.

Sechrist also served as the interprofessional education (IPE) director and assisted with the coordination of fall and spring IPE Days, increasing the number of collaborative IPE events to more than 35 school registered activities.

TTUHSC recently completed the process of seeking reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges on which Sechrist assisted as the school representative that coordinated and reported to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

She also organized the school’s strategic plan for the past four years and led their strategic planning retreats to update and align the school’s mission, vision and goals with those of the university. Sechrist was the committee co-chair for the School of Health Professions Academic Affairs and the Student Conduct board chair and Academic Dismissal Appeal Committee chair.

Rice-Spearman said the School of Health Professions is an integral part of the university’s mission to enrich the lives of others through health education, research and patient care and she is confident Sechrist will excel in leading the school to fulfill its purpose.

Sechrist succeeds Rice-Spearman, who served as dean from 2016 - 2019. Steven Sawyer, Ph.D., P.T., served as interim dean over the past eight months.

School of Health Professions

School of Health Professions

The School of Health Professions offers 19 different academic degree programs, making it one of the most diverse schools of health professions in the nation.

Among the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campuses of Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa and Midland with opportunities in distance learning, our programs are divided among specialties in Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Rehabilitation Sciences; Health Care Management and Leadership; and Clinical Counseling and Mental Health.

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