Idaho State University is reorganizing its College of Health Related Professions as part of a move to expand the school's influence in health fields.

ISU will propose a number of position changes to the state Board of Education when it meets in Coeur d'Alene Dec. 1-2. Among those will be creation of an associate dean's post and three additional departments.The plan calls for reorganizing the current department of allied health professions into departments of health care administration, radiographic science and physical therapy. That would give each program increased autonomy, as well as freeing up money for the associate dean's post.

"In the interest of aggressively pursuing our health emphasis, an associate dean is needed to assist with curriculum and program development," ISU officials say in written recommendations to the board. "Such `home-based' responsibilities will allow the dean to focus on budget, personnel and external relations."

The board of education has designated ISU the state's lead institution in health-related professions. Dean Linda Hatzenbuehler said she wants to expand her college's course offerings, research efforts and outreach programs to reflect that leadership role.

The new associate dean's post would pay just over $45,000 a year.

Another ISU proposals would promote Thomas "Les" Purce from director of the ISU Research Park to economic development officer and assistant to the president.

The promotion would mean a raise for Purce from $56,000 to more than $62,000 a year.