Farewell From the Director

As many of you have already learned through e-mail announcements sent in December, personal conversations with me at CSM, or the proverbial grapevine, I have been recruited to become the Chair of the Department of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, beginning August 15, 2013.

Farewell From the Director click to enlarge Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Charleston has been a part of my family for over 34 years beginning when my wife Francie and I were engaged on a train to Charleston.  It has been our family winter break destination for the past 19 years.  In addition to serving as Department Chair at MUSC, I will also be conducting research in the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions.

I shared the news of my departure with a heavy heart because it meant I would be saying goodbye to the phenomenal students, faculty, and alumni of UNC Physical Therapy.  Since my arrival at UNC in 2005, I have immensely enjoyed my time with all of you and will always cherish the memories.  The faculty and students at UNC are fabulous and the program continues to do great things now and will well into the future.

Lisa Johnston, DPT
I am pleased to announce that Associate Professor Lisa Johnston will assume the role of Interim Director of the Division of Physical Therapy when I leave in August.  Lisa has been an exceptional faculty member during her 13-year tenure with the division and is an alumna of the UNC Human Movement Science MS program (Class of 2000).  She also holds a BS in PT from Northern Illinois University and a DPT from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  Lisa has garnered the resources and the support to ensure a smooth transition and has been working with me since May to learn the critical functions of the Division Director.

The search for a new Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) to replace current chair Lee McLean, who is retiring in July, is progressing nicely with interviews scheduled to be completed in early June.  Once the DAHS Chair is identified, the search for the permanent Director of the Division of Physical Therapy will be initiated. Until then, I am confident that Lisa will keep the division moving forward.

I will still be working hard at UNC until my last day in August and look forward to creating even more memories in the next few months.

Warm Regards,


Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Director and Professor