Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences welcomed two new leaders to its administrative team July 1 as Dave Hudson began his duties as associate dean and Ericka Zimmerman assumed the role of director of the School of Health Sciences.
Zimmerman comes to WCU from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia, where she served as associate professor and program director for athletic training and as head of the Department of Athletic Training. She earned her doctorate in leadership studies at Marshall University in 2007 and her master’s degree in physical education/athletic training at Indiana State University in 1994.
Zimmerman joined the University of Charleston faculty in 2002, and in 2010 was a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Service Award in recognition of her work on behalf of the athletic training profession.
Hudson joined the physical therapy faculty at WCU in 2007, coming to Cullowhee from the University of Delaware’s exercise science program faculty. He earned his master’s degree in exercise science and doctorate in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware.
Hudson was promoted to associate professor at WCU in 2011 and associate head of the Department of Physical Therapy in 2014. His time at WCU also has included serving on the Faculty Senate, the Program Prioritization Task Force and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Compliance Committee.
Doug Keskula, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, welcomed Hudson and Zimmerman to their new roles and expressed appreciation to Mary Teslow, who served as interim director for the School of Health Sciences, and Shawn Collins, who filled in as interim associate dean of the college. Both served in the interim positions for two years.
“Mary brought to her interim position her considerable intelligence, fairness, humor and a deep-seated respect for all whom she encountered,” Keskula said. “Shawn is the consummate professional who brings his substantial talents in critical thinking, collaboration and compassion to every project. Both Shawn and Mary have paved the way for the success of their successors, as well as the faculty, staff and students of our college.”
By Randall Holcombe