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Nursing leader sought

The search has begun for a new dean of the School of Nursing (SoN) after a newly appointed search advisory committee received its charge last week by Provost Paul N. Courant.

Antonia M. Villarruel, associate professor of nursing and director of the Center for Health Promotion in the school, and associate professor of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health (SPH), has been appointed chair of the committee. Other members, all from the SoN unless otherwise indicated, are:

Richard W. Redman, co-chair of the committee, professor of nursing and director of doctoral and post-doctoral programs; Margaret M. Calarco, associate dean for clinical affairs and adjunct professor of nursing, and senior associate director and chief of nursing services in the Office of the Director and CEO, U-M Hospitals (UMH) Administration; Bernadine E. Cimprich, associate professor of nursing; Patricia M. Clark, doctoral student and nurse practitioner, Office of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Studies; P. Elaine
, clinical instructor in nursing and director, Nurse Managed Centers; Cathy Jenkins Newton, student services associate; David A. Spahlinger, executive medical director in the Medical School Faculty Group Practice, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and clinical associate professor of internal medicine in the Medical School, and senior associate director, UMH Ambulatory Care Administration; Barbara A. Therrien, associate professor of nursing and director of the Center for Enhancement & Restoration of Cognitive Function; and Judith M. Wismont, lecturer.

Current Dean Ada Sue Hinshaw will step down June 30, 2006 after more than a decade of service. Hinshaw came to U-M as dean in 1994 and since then, Courant says, has ably led one of the University's most rapidly changing academic disciplines.

The committee has been asked to conduct a national search and present an unranked slate of candidates to the provost and president by late Fall Term 2005. Members can be reached by e-mail at

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