University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Steven Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Trent Gould as dean of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Gould has assumed the role of dean from Dr. Michael Forster, who has rejoined the School of Social Work as full-time faculty. Forster has served as dean of the College of Health since July 2008.
“With the support of the leadership council in the College of Health, and after a vetting period with faculty and staff in the college, I am pleased to announce that Trent Gould has accepted the position of Dean through June 30, 2018, allowing a seamless transition as we prepare for a national search in the next academic year,” said Moser.
Gould, a native of Warren, Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1998, and his master’s degree and his doctorate from Ohio University in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
After joining the Southern Miss faculty in fall of 2003, Gould assumed various roles within the School of Kinesiology (formerly the School of Human Performance and Recreation), including Interim Director and Assistant Director for Graduate Studies.
“Dr. Gould’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the College of Health,” said Dr. Elaine Molaison, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems. “His commitment to academic excellence and knowledge of how the college operates will be beneficial to faculty, staff, and students as the university faces new challenges.”
In addition to his position as dean of the College of Health, Gould is Co-Director of the Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory which is located inside the University’s Accelerator space at The Garden. Current projects of the research team include the DoD Warfighter Helmet Pneumatic Cushioning and Blunt Impact Trauma Project, a collaborative effort with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, and two projects evaluating impact and force incurred on football helmets.
For more information about the College of Health in The University of Southern Mississippi, visit www.usm.edu/health.