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U of S Board Announces New Dean of Nursing

November 20, 2006

Source: University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Lorna Butler as Dean of the College of Nursing effective July 1, 2007.

"Dr. Butler has a clear commitment to teaching, research and scholarly activity," said Dr. Jim Germida, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Search Committee. "Over her university career, she has served, and continues to serve, at all levels in the organizations and is active within the nursing and health research communities in her province and across the country. Dr. Butler will be a great asset to both the College of Nursing and the University of Saskatchewan."

The new Dean earned a Masters degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing in 1987 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a PhD in Statistics and Ethics from the University of Toronto in 1995. She joined the School of Nursing at Dalhousie in 1999, and was promoted to full Professor in 2004, a position she shared with the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (QEII). That arrangement allowed Dr. Butler to devote one third of her time to research in the clinical practice setting, and led to her appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie for inter-disciplinary research and resident training in socio-behavioural research. It also led to what is now a full Professorship in the Department of Urology at the QEII.

Dr. Butler has been appointed to a five-year renewable term.

Currently, there are approximately 1200 students registered in the Nursing Education Program (NEPS), over 200 in the Post-Registration Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, approximately 45 in the Master's Program, and three PhD students.

NEPS, a collaborative program of the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), and the First Nations University of Canada, is a four-year program leading to a BSN degree awarded by the University of Saskatchewan. The College of Nursing offers years three and four of the NEPS in Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert.

The Board of Governors has also approved renewing the appointments of two deans. Dr. Charles Rhodes, Dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. William Albritton, Dean of the College of Medicine will both begin their second five-year terms July 1, 2007.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Jim Germida
Vice-Provost and Search Committee Chair
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-8485



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