Jenkins Named Dean of College of Health and Human Services


Crisp HallCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 9, 2013 — Dr. Morris Jenkins, professor and chair of the College of Health Sciences and Human Service, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work, at the University Toledo, has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University.

Jenkins will begin his new duties July 1. He will replace Dr. Diana Bruns, who has been serving as interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast.

The dean of the College of Health and Human Services is the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the College of Health and Human Services and reports directly to the provost.

The College consists of seven departments: Aerospace Studies; Communication Disorders; Criminal Justice and Sociology; Health, Human Performance & Recreation; Human Environmental Studies; Nursing; and Social Work. Seventy-five full-time faculty members in the college teach and supervise about 2,653 undergraduate majors and about 182 graduate students. Graduate programs offered by the College include communication disorders, human environmental studies, nutrition and exercise science, criminal justice and nursing.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Morris Jenkins joining the Southeast Missouri State University community as the new dean of the College of Health and Human Services,” said Dr. Ronald Rosati, Southeast provost. “Dr. Jenkins brings a wealth of capabilities, experiences and insights that fit very well with the vision of the College. He has documented extraordinary skill at building highly successful University programs and then sharing those programs with the local community, especially in the areas of social work, violence prevention, criminal justice and cultural diversity. Dr. Jenkins is a highly accomplished academician who will be a valuable team member and do much to help the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Health and Human Services achieve their goals.”

Rosati continued, “We appreciate the good work that Dr. Diana Bruns has been doing as interim dean. She has served in this role with distinction and successfully addressed many significant issues during her tenure in this position. Dr. Tammy Randolph also played a vital role in keeping the college’s administration on track during this time of transition. I wish to thank these two administrators for their outstanding contributions. ”

Jenkins has been employed at the University of Toledo since 2001, having previously served as associate professor and assistant professor of criminal justice. He also has been associate director of SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti, Mich., adjunct professor of business law and American government at Terra Community College in Fremont, Ohio, and assistant professor of administration of justice program at Penn State University, Abington College. He also has served in several other teaching capacities at various institutions.

Jenkins served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Aviation Electronics, and with the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a Bachelor of Arts from Claflin College in Orangeburg, S.C.

He is a member and co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Reform Committee, State of Ohio, the legal redress chairperson of the Toledo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, co-founder and teacher with the Restorative Justice Prison Project at the Toledo Correctional Institution, and a member of The State of Ohio Citizens Circle Steering Committee, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Community Justice Cabinet and the Reentry of Individuals and Enriching Lives with the Lucas County Working Group. He also is a board member of the Braided River Peace Project in Durango, Colo., and a researcher with the Restorative Justice as a Means to Deal with DMC at Florida Atlantic University.

At the University of Toledo, he is a member of the Graduate and Professional School Work sub-group, the Diversity Committee and the Graduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Criminal Justice.

Jenkins is a member of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Division and the Criminal Justice Division. He has received many honors, including the Juvenile Justice Award from the League of Women Voters and the Toledoan of the Year. He has received a proclamation for work in mediation and for work in law-related education. Jenkins also is a two-time recipient of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gold Star Award.