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Scott Higgins

CULLOWHEE – Scott Higgins, director of Western Carolina University 's master's degree program in health sciences and a member of Western's faculty since 1981, will serve as interim dean of research and graduate studies.

Higgins will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Abdul Turay, who is leaving Western on June 30 to accept the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

With a career in higher education spanning 34 years, including six years directing graduate-level programs in the health sciences at Western, Higgins is ideally suited to serve as interim dean of research and graduate studies, Provost Kyle Carter said in announcing the appointment.

“I am pleased that Scott Higgins will be providing leadership to the Graduate School and the administration of the university's sponsored research activities,” Carter said. “He will be in charge of graduate education and research during a time of rapid change brought about by enrollment growth and the expectation for greater external involvement in the research conducted by members of Western's faculty. I am confident that Scott is up to the challenge.”

A professor of health sciences, Higgins earned his bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Florida Technological University in 1971, his master's degree in allied health science administration from Indiana University in 1974, and his doctoral degree in education from the University of South Carolina in 1986.

Higgins has been actively involved in providing professional assistance to health care agencies across Western North Carolina, including conducting separate studies measuring the economic impact of the health care sector on Burke, Cherokee, Jackson, Swain and Transylvania counties.

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