Brett Wright, Ph.D.
Brett Wright was appointed as interim dean of the college in July 2014 and became dean in May 2016. Prior to his appointment on the college level, he was chair of HEHD’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, where he has served since joining the Clemson faculty in 2002. He also serves as co-chair of the U.S. Play Coalition, which is housed at Clemson. He came to Clemson from George Mason University, where he taught in the Department of Health, Sport and Leisure Studies, directed the Center for Recreation Resources Policy, was an Affiliate Faculty for the Environmental Science and Public Policy Program in the Department of Biology, and chaired the Department of Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Kathy Headley, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Division of Collaborative Academic Services
College of Health, Education and Human Development
Eugene T. Moore School of Education
Kathy Headley is a professor of reading education and has been a faculty member at Clemson University since 1987. She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Georgia before completing her doctorate in reading from Auburn University. In addition to her position as senior associate dean, she continues her collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Adolescent Literacy and Learning as the research director, having previously served as co-director of the center.
Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Ron Gimbel comes to Clemson from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which prepares uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to support the U.S. military health system. There, he served as the interim chair of the biomedical informatics department and concurrently as the director of the Department of Defense Patient Safety and Quality Academic Collaborative. A U.S. Navy veteran, Gimbel also served in operational assignments and as a health care administrator and as a senior health policy analyst on the clinical operations staff of the U.S. Navy Surgeon General. His research interests center on improving health care delivery and patient health through clinical research on physician decision-making, clinical documentation, and enhanced communication.
Paula Watt, Ph.D., MS, APRN-BC, FNP
Manager, Joseph F. Sullivan Center/Lecturer
Paula Watt is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic leadership of the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed health center that provides services to Clemson employees and underserved communities. The center supports classroom education providing opportunities for Clemson nursing, public health and other students and faculty to work together with community agencies to promote access to care.
Ann Wetsel, Ph.D., RN
Interim Director, School of Nursing
In addition to her current position as interim director, Ann Wetsel has served the School of Nursing as graduate program coordinator and led the school’s RN/BS Completion Program, which allows registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Clemson. She also has led the school’s efforts in psychiatric and mental health nursing education. With a research focus on public health implications of limited nutrition and poverty, Wetsel has been the principal investigator for more than $4.5 million in external research funding related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Community-University Partnership Program.
Francis A. McGuire, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus Fran McGuire has been named interim chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM), stepping in for Brett Wright, who is serving as interim dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development. On the PRTM faculty since 1981, McGuire co-founded Clemson’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a continuing education program and membership organization for older adults. He also has served as interim director of program development for Clemson’s Pre-Collegiate Programs Office. The author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles, McGuire, along with a wide variety of collaborators, has received more than $4 million to support research and programs related to his primary interest area: leisure and aging.