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Christopher Dromey new chair of Department of Communication Disorders

K. Richard Young, dean of the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, recently announced the appointment of Christopher Dromey as chair of the Department of Communication Disorders. Dromey replaces David McPherson, who has led the department since its inception nearly 13 years ago.

“I am profoundly grateful to David McPherson,” said Dromey, a professor of communication disorders and former chair of the university’s Institutional Review Board. “He has been so helpful and has really set the tone within the department. To take over from someone so experienced gives me pause.”

“I respect the dean and his associates and am looking forward to learning from them,” said Dromey. “I am keen to see our department continue to improve in teaching and scholarship.”

During McPherson’s time as chair, the department has been ranked in the top 100 programs in the United States. “That has been quite a challenge, but it is to the credit of the faculty,” McPherson said.

Since the department was formed, 100 percent of its graduate students have received job placements. “And, during that same time, 100 percent of all our students have passed the national exam at or above the 75th percentile,” McPherson said.

Dromey received a bachelor’s degree from BYU, a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the BYU faculty in 2000 following an appointment as an assistant professor and speech scientist at the University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital.

For more information, contact Christopher Dromey at (801) 422-6461.

Writer: Roxanna Johnson

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