Harrington leads allied health


Marilyn S. Harrington, PhD, is the new dean of the Health Science Center’s School of Allied Health Sciences. Since 1993 Dr. Harrington was dean of the College of Health Professions at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Highlights of her tenure included construction of a second building for the college, development of a multidisciplinary curriculum, initiation of a strategic planning process, design of a major diversity effort and aggressive computer outreach to several Western states.

Dr. Harrington’s proudest achievement in Ogden was in the area of distance learning. "The area served by the Health Science Center is somewhat like that served by Weber State," she said. "The Western states contain many miles of wide-open territory without educational resources of any kind, and yet there are people living in those areas. So Weber State developed a strong mission in frontier education."

Before joining Weber State, Dr. Harrington was a 20-year faculty member at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. There she received a Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1968, a Bachelor of Science in the same field in 1969, a Master of Science in dental hygiene education in 1972 and a PhD in educational administration (higher education) in 1985.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Harrington in 1992 served as acting executive director of the Richard Cabot Clinic, a community-based primary care clinic serving a predominantly indigent Hispanic population in the Kansas City area. In the 1980s she authored a successful grant to develop a geriatric oral health fellowship program for practicing dentists and other health professionals. She also received a grant for $1.5 million to develop an injury surveillance system with Level I trauma centers. That system was modified and adopted by the state of Missouri.

In 1996 she was appointed by the governor of Utah to the Oversight Committee of the Health Policy Commission, which is evaluating the impact of statewide health care reform efforts and legislation. In 1981 she was named a Fellow in Academic Administration by the American Council on Education.

Dr. Harrington also is familiar with the new concepts surrounding managed care.

"At Weber State we developed relationships with hospitals and other major employer partners, and designed educational programs for them," she said. "Since 70 percent of health care in Utah now is offered through managed care mechanisms, some of our offerings were geared to responding to a changing economy and a changing health care industry."


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