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Feb. 11, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Gerald Wilmes, who has served as Northwest Missouri State's director of Health Services for the last two decades, has been selected as an American College Health Association Fellow.
With the designation, Wilmes joins the esteemed ranks of individuals over the past 40-plus years to receive the honor, which acknowledges professional accomplishments as well as leadership and service within ACHA and its affiliates.
"Designation as a fellow of ACHA is a tremendous honor," Wilmes said. "I am truly humbled, as this is a very select group, and this recognition acknowledges the significant contributions to college health of those so designated."
Wilmes, who began serving as Northwest's medical director in 1990, is a recognized leader in college health and wellness at the local, regional and national levels. He has remained engaged and involved in collaborative efforts in the community while actively participating in numerous local and national professional associations.
In addition to serving as the University's emergency coordinator, he is a member of the medical staff at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville, and he is a member of the ethics committees for both Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospital. He also he serves as one of the team physicians for the Northwest athletic teams.
Wilmes serves on the Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Health and the Missouri Higher Education Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. In March, he will become president of the Central College of Health Association Affiliate, which serves Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
He received his medical training at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in private practice before coming to Northwest, where he received his undergraduate degree.
In a letter acknowledging Wilmes' designation, ACHA President Dr. James C. Turner and ACHA Executive Director Doyle E. Randol wrote, "ACHA could not have flourished for nine decades without the commitment and leadership of professionals such as Dr. Wilmes, who have voluntarily chosen to help lead and chart the course for college health over the years. And, with the support of your institution - in terms of the time commitment and energy that must be devoted to leadership - we expect that Dr. Wilmes will continue to contribute immensely to the growth and development of the association and college health field."
Founded in 1920, the ACHA links college health professionals across the globe to form a collaborative networking base that aims to guide and support health services and professional development. The mission of ACHA is to provide advocacy, education, communications, products and services, as well as promote research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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