by Geoff Larcom, Published July 13, 2010
Murali Nair, who has served with distinction in a variety of administrative and academic positions at Eastern Michigan University, has been appointed as dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
The appointment comes after a national search and was effective July 1, pending approval by the EMU Board of Regents.
"I am pleased that Professor Nair has accepted this position, and look forward to working with him and faculty and staff to advance the excellence of the College of Health and Human Services," said Jack Kay, EMU's provost and executive president. "I am confident that Dr. Nair will provide exemplary leadership in this position, and I thank him for his willingness to serve in this role."
Nair, of Ypsilanti, was named interim dean of the CHHS last September. He came to EMU in 2000 as an associate professor in the then-department of health, physical education, recreation and dance.
Nair served as the interim associate dean in the CHHS during 2008. Before that, he was director of the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance in 2006, and served as interim director of the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance in 2005.
He received his doctorate in motor learning from the University of Virginia, and both his master's degree in physical education and his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Nair taught extensively at both universities. His experience also includes stints as a soccer coach, including seven years leading the Malaysian National Under-23 Team.