Alan M. Sear, PhD, retired on January 31 after 27 years of dedicated service to University of South Florida and the College of Public Health. He will be greatly missed by faculty and students.
In the late 1980s, Dr. Sear developed the Department of Health Policy and Management’s (HPM) Master of Health Administration Program. Due in part to his administrative and academic leadership, the MHA is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Dr. Sear provided an important linkage to the practice community. He served as a board member on the Western Florida Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and his service has been recognized by multiple awards from ACHE.
He taught many departmental courses annually and advised countless grateful students. Alumni often report his courses were excellent preparation for management practice.
Dr. Sear’s research has been federally funded and he continues to publish with faculty, colleagues, and his most recent doctoral graduate.
His retirement was honored with events sponsored by the HPM faculty, Health Management Student Association, and the MHA External Advisory Board.
The Department of Health Policy and Management served as Dr. Sear’s academic home in the college. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, including an online master of public health degree in public health administration. Additionally, the department offers several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs.
Dr. Sear will continue service and research activities as an emeritus faculty member.
Written by Barbara Langland Orban, PhD, associate professor and MHA program director