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Deibel Named Next NAAHP President-Elect

December 11, 2017

Michael DeibelMike Deibel, professor of Chemistry and co-director of Earlham’s Center for Global Health, has been named as the next president-elect of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Profession, Inc.

A seven-year member of the NAAHP’s board of directors and its current treasurer, Deibel will begin his two-year term in August 2018. As part of that appointment, Deibel also will serve two years as president (2020-22) and past-president (2022-24).

“I’m honored to serve in this new leadership role for the NAAHP,” Deibel says. “We have almost 1,500 pre-health advisor members, and this strong network of professionals brings many benefits to Earlham and our students seeking guidance in the sometimes complicated, challenging and competitive world of health professions.”

Deibel teaches various courses in chemistry and serves as the senior advisor for students who are planning to attend medical school and other health sciences graduate programs. Deibel’s leadership contributes to Earlham’s reputation as a national leader for the percentage of students earning advanced degrees, including the Ph.D., according to a recent report from the Higher Education Data Sharing consortium.

Deibel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and his bachelor’s degree from Capital University. His research interests span the environmental and archaeological area, including lead contamination in the environment and the use of hand-held instrumentation for on-site analysis of artifacts such as pottery and obsidian. He regularly collaborates with students on research projects and has led off-campus programs in France, New Zealand and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He also leads field research experiences in China and Chile.

In his leadership role with Earlham’s Center for Global Health, Deibel successfully co-authored a $100,000 national grant proposal to help develop the College’s new Medical Humanities Integrated Pathway. Through a major initiative called the EPIC Advantage, this Center fully funds internships and international health service learning experiences for all interested students.  The Center also has a robust externship/shadowing program with 13 community partners such as Reid Hospital and Wayne County Health.

“Not only is this a huge and well-deserved honor for Mike, it also has so much value for Earlham,” says Nelson Bingham, acting academic dean. “It shines a spotlight on his professional service in that organization, but it also highlights the important place that health sciences play in the liberal arts experience at Earlham. We continue to be proud of Mike’s accomplishments and everything he is doing to support students’ career aspirations.”

The NAAHP is an organization of more than 1,850 health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad. NAAHP was established in 1974 to coordinate the activities and efforts of four independent regional associations, so that health professions advisors across the nation could function together and speak with one voice.

“Mike has been an active member of the NAAHP for many years and has served most reliably as our treasurer and a respected member of the executive leadership group,” says Susan Maxwell, executive director of the NAAHP. “He has a wealth of knowledge about all of the health professions and easily shares that with his colleagues.

“He has made and sustained wonderful relationships with our 18-member Advisory Council who represent all of the national health associations in the country,” she says. “Worthy of election to the next leadership level in the Association, Mike welcomes the challenges inherent in this significant commitment of time and energy. I join Mike's colleagues in welcoming him to his new role and supporting his every effort for success.”

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