Bush and Chen named to interim vice dean, acting associate dean roles

July 19, 2013

Two new appointments have been announced to fill positions vacated by Dr. Paul Ogden upon his appointment as the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine’s interim dean. Ruth L. Bush, M.D., M.P.H., has been named Interim Vice Dean of the Bryan/College Station campus, while Wei-Jung Chen, Ph.D. has been named Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Bush and Dr. Chen began work in their new positions on July 1.

Dr. Bush previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Round Rock, and has been with Texas A&M serving in various positions since 2011. From 2008 to June 2013, Dr. Bush also served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center in Temple, Texas. After earning her degree as a Doctor of Medicine with honors in 1992 from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Bush went on to earn a Masters in Public Health from University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 2005. She plans to complete a Juris Doctorate from the Taft Law School in Santa Ana, California in 2013.

Dr. Chen previously served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Temple campus, where he was also a professor in Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. He has been working with the Texas A&M College of Medicine for nearly thirteen years. Dr. Chen holds a B.S. in Zoology from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan; an M.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York in Binghamton, New York; and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the State University of New York, with focuses on neuroscience and developmental psychology. His primary research interests are in fetal alcohol syndrome and the effects of substance abuse on brain development.

— Jeremiah McNichols