Christina Moylan Named Dean of School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

By Dave Maley, February 22, 2024
Experienced public health administrator and educator will begin her new role on March 1.

Following a national search, Christina Moylan has been named Dean of the Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, effective March 1. She has served for the past year as the school’s interim dean.

In making the announcement, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Melanie Stein said that Moylan has the breadth and depth of experience, as well as the vision, to help set the School of HSHP on a solid forward course.

“I am confident that, in partnership with the faculty, she will design a strategic plan that enables the school to be agile in its preparation of students, bring an entrepreneurial and innovative lens to academic programming, and remain a top choice for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Stein.

Prior to being named interim dean, Moylan had most recently served the college as Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies. Her previous administrative roles have included Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, in which she successfully managed the college’s COVID pandemic response; and Associate Dean of the School of HSHP. She joined the school in 2015 as an assistant professor and coordinator of the HSHP Preprofessional Program.

As Dean, Moylan will have budget and academic oversight of the school’s departments of exercise science and athletic training, health sciences and public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology, and pre-health professions, along with the graduate program in physician assistant studies.

“Moving forward, the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance requires a new strategic plan with a data-driven approach to growth; focused strategies to attract undergraduate and graduate students; additional diversification of academic offerings beyond the undergraduate residential model; and more emphasis on supporting student success, particularly at the graduate level,” said Moylan. “I embrace the critical role that higher education plays in civilized society, and I believe in the strengths of the school and in its ability to be a leader in health and human performance education.”

Moylan earned her Ph.D. in public health policy and M.H.S. in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University.

Prior to joining Ithaca College, she had taught in the Department of Health Information and Informatics at the University of Central Florida and served for over a decade in a variety of health policy positions for both state and federal organizations.

Moylan succeeds Linda Petrosino ’77, M.S. ’78, who retired as Dean of the School of HSHP at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.