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Storsved returns to EIU as College of Health and Human Services dean


(Charleston, IL)
– Eastern Illinois University has named Dr. John Storsved as dean of its College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

“I’m beyond excited to return to EIU in this new and critical role,” Storsved said. “EIU has been at the forefront of Health and Human Services programming for many years, and I’m eager to play a part in continuing to enhance EIU’s reputation for student success and to further enrich the workforce readiness of our Central Illinois community.”

“We are so pleased to welcome John back to campus,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jay Gatrell. “Dr. Storsved is recognized as an outstanding colleague, person-centered leader, and committed to student learning. He brings valuable experience from his years at Millikin, and his familiarity with EIU and commitment to our mission and to our extraordinary students will allow him to make a positive impact right away.”

Since August 2016, Storsved has served as Associate Professor and Director of the School of Exercise Science and Sport at Millikin University in Decatur. Prior, he was Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies. His past positions also include Compliance Analyst for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at University of Illinois (2008-10), Staff Athletic Trainer for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana (2000-2012), and Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at University of Illinois (2004-2007). He’s also held various roles at Purdue University and Illinois State University, as well as a research coordinator and grants director at various organizations. He received tenure in several of his faculty roles.

Storsved earned a Doctor of Health and Safety (1996) and a Master of Science degree in Physical Education (1991) from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health from Luther College (Iowa), and several professional athletic trainer certifications and accreditations throughout his career.

Storsved also is a published researcher, with works focusing on an assortment of topics across physical therapy, kinesiology, and sports rehabilitation. 

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the search committee and the search chair, Brad Tolppanen, for their outstanding work in bringing Dr. Storsved to campus,” Gatrell added. “Likewise, I—and the entire CHHS family—are indebted to Dr. Ryan Hendrickson for his stewardship as acting dean for the past year.”

Dr. Storsved will begin his new role as EIU’s College of Health and Human Services dean on July 5, 2022.

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