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Dr. Alexis Travis leads new University Health and Wellness division | MSUToday

Michigan State University has Dr. Welcomes Alexis Travis as assistant provost and executive director, overseeing the university’s new Division of University Health and Wellness. The division brings together 11 departments focused on supporting faculty, staff and student health and wellness.

Dr.  Alexis Travis, assistant provost and executive director, who oversees MSU's Division of University Health and Wellness.

Dr. Alexis Travis

Leading the new division, Travis will provide strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive health and wellness approach that meets the diverse needs of students, staff and faculty.

Vennie Gore, senior vice president for student life and engagement, said Travis’ background in public health makes her uniquely qualified to scale the university’s health and wellness efforts to maximize their impact.

“Dr. Travis’ breadth and depth of experience is the perfect fit to lead the new Division of University Health and Wellness,” Gore said. “We know that physical and mental health are integral to student success—and faculty— and staff success. I am confident that her record of consistent leadership, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and ability to develop and scale health campaigns will make her an asset to our executive team and a key leader as we implement our strategic plan. “

Earlier this year, the university announced its strategic plan for 2030, which named sustainable health as a key priority. The plan’s goals include meeting the physical and mental health needs of students, faculty and staff. The 11 departments Travis will lead will each provide resources, programs and services aimed at improving the campus community’s ability to thrive.

Travis said she looks forward to cultivating a culture of wellness on campus and empowering members of the campus community.

“I am thrilled to join Michigan State University at this pivotal time in history,” said Travis. “As we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a time of tremendous opportunity to reshape the way we think about health and wellness and truly incorporate wellness strategies into daily life. I am confident that with this new division we will make a lasting impact on the physical and mental health of our students, staff and faculty.”

Prior to joining MSU, Travis served as senior deputy director for public health administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing the Bureau of Laboratories, Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health, Bureau of Health and Wellness, Bureau of Prevention of Infectious Diseases, and the Office of Performance Improvement and Management.

Travis earned her doctorate in public health from Walden University and her master’s degree in pharmacy with honors from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. In 2021, she was recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation as a National 40 Under 40 in Public Health honoree.

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