Mark Tillman named dean of WellStar College of Health and Human Services

 Mark Tillman


Distinguished biomechanics expert looks forward to ‘tremendous opportunity’ at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 6, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has named Mark Tillman as dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1.

Tillman currently is the dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University. He was selected for his new role at Kennesaw State following a nationwide search chaired by Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark Tillman to Kennesaw State University. I have no doubt he will advance the WellStar College of Health and Human Services to new heights,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “I am confident that Dr. Tillman’s experience, vision and strong record of strategic planning will significantly enhance the College’s roles in education, innovation and community engagement.”

Tillman will succeed Monica Nandan, who has served as interim dean of the College since July 2014. Nandan will return to being a professor and the chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services. She has served as interim dean since Richard Sowell stepped down following 13 years as dean, during which the College of Health and Human Services experienced significant growth.

Tillman previously was the interim dean and chair of Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Before joining Troy in 2013, he held faculty and administrative positions at Stetson University and the University of Florida.

In his 17 years of university service, Tillman has taught more than 10,000 undergraduate students, served on more than 100 graduate student committees, been named Teacher of the Year twice and been recognized as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He said he looks forward to the “tremendous opportunity” that awaits him at Kennesaw State.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected to serve as the next dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services,” Tillman said. “I was initially attracted to KSU because of the excellent reputation of the University. After meeting with several administrators, faculty and staff, I have a better understanding of why the reputation is so strong, and I am excited to join such a dedicated team focused on innovation and growth.”

Tillman’s research is focused on lower-extremity biomechanics and biomechanics for special populations such as wheelchair users, knee-replacement patients and people with multiple sclerosis. His interdisciplinary work has resulted in 70 refereed publications, 19 funded grants and numerous scientific presentations pertaining to injury prevention and quality of life enhancement.

Tillman earned three degrees from the University of Florida: a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences, a master’s in engineering mechanics and a Ph.D. in health and human performance with a specialization in biomechanics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kennesaw State University’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services offers six undergraduate and five graduate programs to more than 4,000 students. The College is composed of the WellStar School of Nursing and the departments of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Health Promotion and Physical Education and Social Work and Human Services.



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