October 18, 2012 - 9:27am
BY TUI RADEMAKER
The School of Kinesiology announced the appointment of Michael O’Donnell as the director of the Health Management Research Center on Tuesday. O’Donnell assumed the post effective Monday.
He is replacing Professor Dee Eddington, who founded the HMRC in 1977. The HMRC is a branch of the School of Kinesiology that researches wellness management and evaluation in the workplace. The HMRC’s Health Risk Appraisal questionnaire, which evaluates health, is the most widely used in the world.
O’Donnell earned his Ph.D in Health Management from the University of Michigan after studying at Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley. He has since written more than 190 articles and columns, led 260 workshops on six continents, and received 13 national awards, according to a University press release. He has also helped more than 100 institutions improve their health management programs.
“We are delighted to have Dr. O'Donnell join us,” Ron Zernicke, Dean of the School of Kinesiology, said in the release. “The School of Kinesiology’s Health Management Research Center is a vibrant, recognized leader in the field, and Dr. O'Donnell has outstanding vision, enthusiasm, and national/international reputation to lead the HMRC to new heights of prominence.”