Health Professions and Higher Education Specialist
University of Missouri
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Richard Oliver began his professional career as a clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) working first in the blood bank in an academic health care center and then as a generalist in a small rural hospital. His first academic appointment was as an academic advisor for the CLS Program as the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri (MU.) Later he became Director of the CLS Program. In addition to his CLS degree, he holds a master and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri as well as post-doctoral work from the School of law.
In 1986 he was appointed the Director or the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Missouri which functioned as school within the School of Medicine. In 2001 he was named Founding Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri, a new free standing academic unit with academic standing equal to other academic units on campus. During his tenure as dean he added several new academic departments and grew total student enrollment from under 600 students to over 2,000 students. In 2013, Rich stepped down as dean and was named Dean Emeritus of the School of Health Professions. He currently serves as a consultant for the Physician Assistant Program at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Rich was recently named Director of Academic Affairs for Enrichly – Worldwide. Enrichly is a streaming edutainment platform designed to go beyond knowledge and close the gaps in learning. As Director of Academic Affairs he works with faculty, practitioners, students and thought leaders interested utilizing a wide range of curated and juried multimedia content, including stories, podcasts, feature documentaries, keynotes and conferences.
Rich has had a long association with the Association of Schools Advancing Health Profession (ASAHP) as a Fellow, past board member, past treasurer and most recently as past president. Rich was instrumental in creating the Allied Health Research Institute (AHRI) and then incorporating this organization within the structure of ASAHP by creating a board seat for health care industry representation. Rich currently co-chairs the ASAHP International Task Force.
Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST