Indiana University South Bend has named Thomas Fisher dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences. He has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and has served as professor and chair of occupational therapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI since 2003. Fisher has also held faculty positions at the College of Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University and the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. In addition to his career in academia, Fisher has 18 years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist and director of rehabilitation services. He earned his PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Fisher received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Fisher replaces Mario Ortiz who left IU South Bend last year to be Dean of the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University in New York. Fisher will start his responsibilities with the Dwyer School July 1.