It’s the largest undergraduate degree-granting program at one of Texas’ largest universities, and now the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program at Texas A&M University will be led by a woman for the first time in it’s 30-year history.
Dr. Elizabeth Merriam Crouch has been promoted to be the fourth Director of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M. Crouch previously served as Assistant Director of the BIMS program, where she was also the first woman to hold that title.
For Crouch, the new role will come with added oversight responsibility for academic appeals and many of the processes required to administer the growing program.
“I hope to maintain our status as educating the best and brightest students for professional programs,” said Crouch. “We’re looking at the future of the program and growing it by increasing opportunities for students which could include international programs and a Spanish language certificate. It’s also important that we continue the success of our 2+2 programs and the diversity efforts that were implemented under the leadership of Dr. Skip Landis, Assistant Dean of Biomedical Sciences. These will help us make great strides in achieving our Vision 2020 goals.”
Crouch is no stranger to the BIMS program having completed her undergraduate BIMS degree in 1991. She then went on to earn, in 1996, a PhD in genetics, also from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Crouch signed on as an administrator in the BIMS program in September of 2001.
“We have tremendous confidence in Dr. Crouch’s ability to lead this program,” said Landis. “She understands the needs of the program having graduated from it, and has a strong vision for where this program needs to go in order to continue graduating students who are extremely competitive in professional schools.”
The Biomedical Sciences program is the only undergraduate degree-granting program housed in a professional school (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, etc.) in the state of Texas, and one of 12 in the United States.