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September 7, 2007

Professor Judah Ronch to Chair Undergraduate Academics at the Erickson School

CONTACT: Kavan Peterson
Office: 410-455-1896
Email: kavan@umbc.edu

BALTIMOREProfessor Judah Ronch is taking the lead in undergrad academics at the Erickson School at UMBC as the newly appointed academic program chair for the undergraduate major in the Management of Aging Services (MAgS).

Ronch will have overall responsibilities for the academic integrity and day-to-day management of the new undergraduate major and will answer directly to the dean. In just its second year, the MAgS undergraduate degree has attracted 54 majors and enrolled more than 170 students in its courses.

“Building an engaging and innovative undergraduate degree program was critical to the successful launch of the Management of Aging Services major,” said Erickson School Dean J. Kevin Eckert. “With his experience as an innovator in the field of aging services, Judah Ronch will help guide the program as it grows to meet the demands in leadership of our aging population.”

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About Judah Ronch

Judah Ronch is a nationally-renowned expert on improving the treatment and mental well-being of elders. Ronch has researched and written extensively on the debilitating effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and has pioneered major reforms in the long term care industry to improve the mental health of older adults and the working conditions of those who care for them. He most recently served as vice president of Mental Health and Wellness for Erickson Retirement Communities in Baltimore. His numerous publications include the books “Culture Change in Long-term Care,” “Mental Wellness and Aging,” and “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Practical Guide for Those who Help Others.”

Posted by kavan at September 7, 2007 4:36 PM