saint louis university | The university appointed Leslie McClure, Ph.D., as the dean of SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, effective Nov. 15. Currently, McClure is the associate dean for faculty affairs at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Society for Clinical Trials and the American Heart Association. She also serves as president of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society. McClure holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

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The restaurant has named Ben Joseph as its new general manager. Joseph has 10 years of experience with Ruth’s Chris. “Ben is a long-time, valued team member who began his restaurant career as a server, learning the business from the ground up” says Kristy Rans, owner and president of Prime Hospitality Group. “His enthusiasm for hospitality is only matched by his passion to work with our staff and make exceptional memories for our guests. We are thrilled to have his ongoing leadership.”

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Dr. Hossain Marandi, MBA, FACHE, has joined SSM Health as president of the children’s hospital and system vice president for the pediatric service line. Most recently, Marandi served as president and department chief of pediatrics at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he led the hospital through the COVID-19 pandemic, helped build the state’s first pediatric medical/psychiatric unit and guided the launch of a pediatric heart transplant program. He also has held leadership positions at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

The community arts center has welcomed new members to its senior and artistic leadership team. Daron Hendrix has been named senior director of development, bringing several years of nonprofit experience to the position. She most recently served as Greater St. Louis development director for The Salvation Army-Midland Division. Kara Wurtz has been named senior director of finance. She previously served as director of FP&A at Clayco. Shawna Flanigan has taken the position of artistic director of theatre, and Phillip Woodmore, Ph.D., will be artistic director of voice. Flanigan has been with COCA since 2001, having led the COCA Theatre Company and most recently served as the director of arts education. Woodmore spent 14 years teaching middle school choir in St. Louis.