University of Kentucky appoints new dean at College of Nursing

lblackford@herald-leader.comMarch 17, 2014 

An associate dean at the University of Virginia has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, officials announced Monday.

Janie Heath, who is also the Thomas Saunders III Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will take over as dean at UK on Aug. 1, pending approval from the UK Board of Trustees.

Recently, Heath has been the principal investigator on a $5 million project to expand a Critical Nurse Leader program. Heath has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and research initiatives and generated more than 150 publications and abstracts while also serving in national leadership organizations, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Academy of Nursing.

Patricia Howard has been serving as UK's interim dean since late 2012 after Jane Kirschling left UK to serve as dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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