As Dean, Tracy Plouck oversees two academic programs (public administration and environmental studies) and more than $16 million in funding focused on addressing the unmet needs of Ohio and its 32 Appalachian counties. Prior to this, Plouck served as Assistant Clinical Professor with OHIO’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. In this role, she worked to support the Ohio Alliance for Population Health, a network of more than fifty organizations that partner to address various population health challenges across the state. As a part of this effort, Plouck assisted local communities to build capacity through grant writing, training, workforce development planning, and project management.
From 2011 to 2018, Tracy Plouck was Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. During that time, she also served as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and as Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center. For more than 20 years, Plouck held a variety of leadership roles for the State of Ohio, having served twice as the state’s Medicaid Director and as deputy director of both the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Plouck has served as a member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) National Board of Directors and is currently a board member of Del-Mor Dwellings, which provides supportive housing for individuals with mental illness in Delaware and Morrow Counties. She earned a BA from Kent State University and an MPA from Ohio State.