Michigan State University has Dr. Alexis Travis welcomed as assistant provost and executive director, overseeing the university’s new University Health and Wellbeing division. The division brings together 11 departments dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students.
Dr Alexis Travis
In 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 a perfect fit for leading the new University Health and Wellbeing division,” said Gore. “We know that physical and mental health are integral to student – and faculty and staff – success. I am confident that her track record of stable leadership, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and ability to drive health campaigns to develop and scale, will make her an asset to our executive team and a key leader in the execution of our strategic plan.”
Earlier this year, the university announced its strategic plan for 2030, in which sustainable health is a top priority. The goals of the plan include meeting the physical and mental health needs of students, faculty, and staff. The 11 departments Travis will lead will each offer resources, programs and services aimed at increasing 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 be joining 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 integrate wellness strategies into everyday life. I am confident that with this new division we will have a lasting impact on the physical and mental health of our students, staff and teachers.”
Prior to joining MSU, Travis was 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 Infectious Disease Prevention and the Office of Performance Improvement and Management.
Travis received her doctorate in public health from Walden University and her master’s degree in pharmacy cum laude from the University of Bradford in the UK. In 2021, she was recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation as a National 40 Under 40 in Public Health honoree.