UM Hires New College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Dean

June 30, 2014

MISSOULA – Reed Humphrey will not have to move far when he takes the helm of the University of Montana’s College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences.

Provost Perry Brown recently announced that Humphrey has accepted the position of dean of the college.

Humphrey, formerly professor and chair of the UM School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was selected for the position after an extensive national search. He will begin his new duties July 1. He replaces David Forbes, who retired at the end of June after serving the University for 26 years.

“It’s a distinct honor to be appointed dean and a privilege to follow Dave Forbes, from whom I learned much in my eight years as chair of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science,” Humphrey said. “I look forward to extending the reach of the college as we meet the health care needs of the region through preparing new health care professionals, partnering with the hospitals and clinics, and conducting relevant research that moves the health sciences forward.”

“Reed is a man of ideas and a person who gets things done,” Brown said. “He has a very broad perspective on the health professions and he will lead the college in new directions – enhancing its prominence and building on a strong foundation that has been established by retiring Dean David Forbes.”

Humphrey has taught UM physical therapy students and served as the school’s chair since 2006. From 2012 to 2013, he served as the interim associate dean for planning and development within the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences.

Humphrey also is the founding director of the Neural Injury Center at UM, a collaborative of expertise on campus that empowers students with traumatic brain and other neural injures to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus. 

Before coming to UM, he was a professor at Idaho State University’s Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy and associate professor of physical therapy and physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

His recent accolades include receiving the prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 2007 for his scholarship focused on exercise and end-stage heart failure, and he has been an invited speaker for scientific conferences across the nation and around the world. Humphrey, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, also was elected as a Master Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 2012 and took sabbatical leave in 2013 to work with the Salk Institute for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Salzburg, Austria.

Humphrey earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and two master’s degrees; a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the VCU Medical College of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of Pittsburgh.


Contact: Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president for academic affairs, 406-243-4689,