Dr. Brian Rash assumed the role of the Dean for the School of Arts & Sciences in July 2015 and as of August 2021 is serving as Acting Dean of the School of Health Professions. He received his B.S. in Microbiology from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and Ph.D.in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2004. He joined FranU (formerly Our Lady of the Lake College) as a member of the biology faculty in 2006. In 2008 he was promoted to serve as director of the University’s biology pre-medical program until 2014. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in August 2014. In his current role, his primary responsibilities include leadership and oversight for 13 academic degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master and doctorate levels. He has also led various projects tied to facilities planning, faculty development, accreditation compliance, mission promotion and grant writing and authored numerous scholarly activities in environmental microbiology as well as the scholarship of service-learning and team-based learning. Dr. Rash also serves as an on-site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).