A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D
Executive Director, Center for Health Policy
Terrica Arnold, Ed.D
Director of Operations, Innovation & Community Initiatives
A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College and Senior Vice President for Student and Faculty Affairs at Meharry. Dr. Samuels comes to Meharry after nine years at Tennessee State University where he served most recently as Vice President for Student Affairs and, prior to that, as the Assistant Dean in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Health Sciences at Tennessee State University. Formerly, Dr. Samuels served as Director of the Title VI Program for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Additionally, Dr. Samuels served as the Program Director of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in the Division of Mental Health Services. Dr. Samuels’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Western Kentucky University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. He is a recipient of the 2007 Kettering Foundation Public Scholars Fellowship. Also, Dr. Samuels is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute Class of 1997 as well as Leadership Middle Tennessee Class of 2003. In his roles as Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Dr. Samuels will be responsible for leading and directing the offices of Admissions, Registrar, Student Life, Faculty Affairs and the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. He will also serve as a member of Meharry’s Executive Management Team.
Dr. Terrica Arnold joined the Center for Health Policy in April 2014. Dr. Arnold leads the Center’s community engagement initiatives, manages the Certificate in Health Policy Program, and collaborates with the team in grant writing and research endeavors. Under the Center, Dr. Arnold leads the Choosing How I Lead Life (CHILL) Program and Youth Achieving Success (YAS) Program. Both programs aim to reduce violence and conflicts among youth in the Nashville Community. Dr. Arnold has also led the Health Snack Tour Program and Meharry Wellness Club, to combat obesity and other health disparities. Dr. Arnold received her undergraduate degree in political science from Fisk University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Tennessee State University (TSU), and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from TSU. She has dedicated over a decade to higher education in the areas of student life, civic engagement and community-based minority health disparity research and programming.