Following a successfully campaign to receive full accreditation for its newest doctoral program, Brenau University today named Dr. Heather Ross as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Ross replaces Dr. Kathye Light, the founding chair of the department who in the past five years has steered it from its early planning stages, through the graduation of its first cohort of 37 doctors of physical therapy earlier this month, to full recognition by the national Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
In recognition of and appreciation for her technical leadership through the accreditation process, Light will be on sabbatical until August 2019. At that time, it is planned that she will return to Brenau as the Roslyn Wallace Distinguished Research Professor to build and execute multi-disciplined applied research projects involving physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, gerontology and other Brenau academic branches.
Ross joined the Brenau faculty in May 2015 – just as the first PT students arrived on campus. Like Light, she came from the University of Florida, where she had been on its PT faculty since 2009. She earned a Ph.D. in anatomy and neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow for Dr. Eric Laywell in the University of Florida’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.