Provost Sona Andrews recently announced the appointment of Carlos Crespo as interim dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Crespo, director and professor in the School of Community Health, will take on the position September 1, when Lawrence Wallack finishes his tenure as dean. A national search for a new dean is under way.
Crespo has been at Portland State since 2005. His main area of research involves elimination of health disparities and advancement of underrepresented minorities in biomedical and behavioral careers. He is also director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Urban Health and Sustainability. The Center provides technical assistance to cities around the world to evaluate the impact on human health of urban sustainable developments.
Crespo graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University. His previous experience includes working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the National Center for Health Statistics, and as a public health analyst for the Office of Prevention, Education and Control of the National Institutes of Health.
He lists more than 100 peer-review publications and book chapters, and has been a contributor to more than 20 government reports, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. He received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign, and in 2003 became a Minority Health Scholar from the National Institutes of Health. He is an emeritus board member of American Council for Exercise and past President of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.