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St. Thomas Launches College of Health

To be led by MayKao Hang, the college will house a school of social work, nursing, and professional psychology.

St. Thomas Launches College of Health
MayKao Hang will serve as the college's founding dean.

The University of St. Thomas on Tuesday announced the launch of a new College of Health.

To be led by MayKao Hang, the new college is composed of the university’s existing School of Social Work and Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Hang will serve as the college’s founding dean

St. Thomas also will create a new nursing school to be housed in the college, according to a university press release.

The university decided to launch the new College of Health after seeing an “an acute demand for non-MD health care practitioners who have technical skills and cultural competencies,” said St. Thomas president Julie Sullivan.

“Hang is the perfect fit to lead this college because she is a champion of addressing disparities, passionate about the well-being of underserved communities, and a values-based leader,” Sullivan said.

The new college is designed to prep students to educate urban and rural communities. It’s also aimed at helping students conduct health research.

For her part, Hang will help develop curricula and hire faculty. Hang earned a master’s degree from the U of M and a doctorate in public administration from Hamline University.

She’ll start her new role at St. Thomas part time Oct. 7 and transition to full time Nov 4.

Hang will join St. Thomas after serving as president and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation for nearly a decade. During her time at the foundation, she “designed programs to address education, workforce, health, and poverty disparities,” St. Thomas officials said.

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