Dr. Ruth Ford has been hired to lead the occupational therapy program. She is currently working as a consultant for the university and will assume her position as director in 2014. Ford, who previously served as the associate dean of occupational therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., comes to HU with 13 years of experience in academia, including expertise in the clinical and business aspects of the field. She has 37 clinical years of experience in management, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, long-term care and home health. She has managed more than 500 occupational and physical therapists and speech language pathologists and has opened multiple occupational therapy programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at The Ohio State University, a Master in Biomedical Sciences degree in rehabilitation from the Medical University of Ohio (now University of Toledo) and her EdD in Leadership and Policy from Bowling Green State University. Ford held teaching positions at the Medical College of Ohio and the University of Findlay prior to her tenure at Belmont.