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Friday, January 28, 2022

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Health Center director to be appointed


Eileen Dondero is a candidate for UH Health Center director along with Terry Fisher. The former is from Florida Coast University while the latter is from the University of Texas.  |  Hendrick Rosemond/The DailyCougar

Eileen Dondero is a candidate for UH Health Center director along with Terry Fisher. The former is from Florida Coast University while the latter is from the University of Texas. | Hendrick Rosemond/The DailyCougar

Within two weeks, the UH Health Center will chose a new director. Director Floyd Robinson, after holding the position since 1994, was promoted in January to assistant vice president of Student Affairs.

The two candidates visited campus last week and held forum open to students and faculty in the University Center. Associate vice president for Student Affairs Daniel Maxwell coordinated with Student Government Association President Cedric Bandoh to bring the process to students.

“Any time there is a vacancy of a leadership post that has direct impact on students, like the director of the Health Center,” Bandoh said, “Students are always asked to come in to provide feedback on the different candidates, to make sure that students have a say in the different people that we hire.”

Robinson’s replacement were narrowed down to Terry Fisher — program manager for the Center for Emergency Preparedness at the University of Texas — and Eileen Dondero, nurse practitioner in Student Health Services at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The candidates visited UH for two days: Fisher on Oct. 8 and 9, and Dondero on Wednesday and Thursday. The meetings for students were complimented with the posting of the candidates’ resumes and itineraries on the UH website.

“The Health Center is a pretty complex portfolio, working with mostly students with all kinds of potential medical issues,” Maxwell said. “We were looking for somebody who understood what it would take to offer health services on a college campus … and to continue the good work that has already been happening in our Health Center.”

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