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HES Interim Dean Announcement

Brenda LohmanBrenda Lohman, Chair and Professor of the Department of Human Development and Family Science, has been named the Interim Dean of the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Lohman joined the MU faculty on August 1, 2019. Prior to coming to MU, she was Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. In her time as a higher education professional, she has served in similar academic leadership roles and brings a strong passion for the college and its students, faculty, and staff. During her time at Iowa State University, Dr. Lohman oversaw research which was supported by more than $21 million in external funding. She also provided leadership to the Office of Distance Learning and IT for the College.

Dr. Lohman is known for her research in adolescent health and family policy, particularly for underrepresented youth and families who are economically disadvantaged. Dr. Lohman currently serves or has served in multiple national roles including a second term on the Board of Directors for GP-IDEA , Nominations Committee for the Board of Human Sciences with APLU, and as an elected committee member and officer for professional organizations, such as chair of the National Council on Family Relations: Family Policy Section and Co-Chair, Society for Research on Adolescence, International Young Scholars Program.

I very much believe in Dr. Lohman’s ability to lead the College of HES to great heights. In her time as a higher education professional, she has served in similar academic, leadership and research roles, and she brings a strong passion for the college and its students, faculty and staff to this position”, states Provost Latha Ramchand.

As Interim Dean, Dr. Lohman succeeds Dr. Sandy Rikoon, long-time Curators Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology, who served as Dean of HES from September 1, 2015 through his retirement on July 31, 2020.  Under Dean Rikoon’ s leadership, the college remains a national leader in several areas.

HES, A National Leader. The MU College of Human Environmental Sciences uses holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex life challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities in Missouri, the United States and globally.  HES is comprised of the following units: Department of Architectural StudiesDepartment of Human Development and Family ScienceDepartment of Nutrition and Exercise PhysiologyDepartment of Personal Financial PlanningSchool of Social WorkDepartment of Textile and Apparel ManagementHES Extension

HES is ranked #1 among all AAU universities, colleges, and schools in the Human Sciences. In 2019 and 2020, HES was ranked #4 overall of 140 U.S. Colleges of Human Sciences.

Award Winning Teaching, Research, and Extension. HES has award winning teaching faculty and the academic programs are also highly-ranked, including Personal Financial Planning (#4) and Textile and Apparel Management (#7).  HES has been a campus leader in using distance learning at the BS, MS, and PhD levels, including development of the first online PhD in Architectural Studies, the leading statewide Masters of Social Work Program, innovative curriculum through participation in the Great Plains IDEA in and continuous development of new distance learning initiatives. In research, the college’s faculty and staff doubled research expenditures over the past five years to over $9 million dollars annually.  Ranked faculty in HES average over $275,000 per individual on all grants and contracts.  In Extension, HES serves Missouri citizens through programs in early childhood development, strengthening families, nutrition, exercise, financial planning, housing, and mental health to name a few. Through HES Extension, HES meets the needs of over 1.4 million Missouri citizens each year in rural and urban areas.

“I am honored to serve as the Interim Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Mizzou. HES has a long reputation of being a leader in the field and it is my goal to build upon the foundations that my predecessors have laid to have HES remain the leading AAU College in the Human, Family, and Consumer Sciences in the country. I pledge to promote and support the college and university’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence,” Lohman states.

Dr. Lohman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Illinois State University; and a Ph.D. in human development and family science from The Ohio State University. She will assume her responsibilities as interim dean on August 1.