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Vukovich to serve as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences

Matthew Vukovich

Matt Vukovich, professor and associate dean for research in SDSU’s College of Education and Human Sciences, will serve as interim dean of the college beginning Aug. 1. Paul Barnes, the college’s current dean, is resigning due to health concerns. Barnes will remain with SDSU as a special assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“I would like to thank Dean Barnes for his leadership and all that he accomplished during his time as dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences,” Hedge said. “Paul is a visionary leader who consistently has the best interests of students in mind. Although he will not be leading the college, he will continue to impact our university in a positive manner through his expertise in education.”

Vukovich has been with SDSU since 1999 when he began as an assistant professor. In 2003, he became an associate professor before earning full professor in 2011. His research efforts have focused on the interaction of nutrition and exercise training on physiological adaptations, body composition, hormones and muscle-bone relationships with funding from industry and the Department of Defense.

Vukovich also served as co-investigator for the National Children’s Study through the E.A. Martin Program in Human Nutrition. The study examined the longitudinal effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Vukovich’s experience step into this role,” Hedge said. “With Matt’s guidance the college will continue the momentum it has developed in the past year. He is an experienced leader, and I am confident in his ability to build on the successes of the college and continue to position it to meet the needs and challenges of our local communities and state.”

Vukovich earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Iowa State University and later his Ph.D. in human bioenergetics from Ball State University.