Dr. Ann H. White has accepted the position of dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana. She is only the second dean in the history of the College. The announcement was made Friday by Dr. Ronald Rochon, provost of the University and is effective July 1.
“I’m excited about Dr. White taking over this leadership position,” said Dr. Rochon. “She brings brilliance and a wealth of experience and competency to the College. She is highly competent in the areas of nursing and health professions.”
Dr. White has served as interim dean of the College since July 2011, when Dean Dr. Nadine Coudret announced her retirement. She also served as interim dean in 2009 when Dr. Coudret served for a short time as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
“I’m excited to be named the second dean in the history of the College of Nursing and Health Professions,” said Dr. White. “I look forward to working with faculty, students, and staff as our college continues to offer health professions education for the future.”
She previously served the College of Nursing and Health Professions as professor of nursing, assistant dean of nursing, and program director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She joined the University in 1990.
Dr. White earned her PhD in nursing education from Georgia State University in 1998, an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1989, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1981, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa in 1979, and a nursing diploma from Allen Memorial School of Nursing in 1972. She is a registered nurse in both Indiana and Kentucky, and is a board certified nursing executive.
She holds professional memberships in the American Association of College of Nursing Organizational Leadership Network, Indiana Center for Nursing, Indiana Action Coalition, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Midwest Nursing Research Society, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and American College of Healthcare Executives. Additionally, she has been involved with several professional organizations as a consultant and grant reviewer.
She has been published in numerous journals and publications and is regular presenter at regional conferences and events. She was instrumental in helping to secure several grants for USI, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice program expansion grant, and Health Resources and Services Administration grants for the USI Glenwood Community Health Center and equipment for USI’s Simulation Center.
She has been involved with numerous community initiatives including the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, the Mid-America Institute on Aging, Indiana Area Health Education Center, Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, the Leadership and Management Conference Planning Committee, Leadership Evansville, and the Nursing Institute of St. Mary’s Medical Center. She also worked with local public television station, WNIN, on a 2007 nursing special “Who Will Care for Us.”
The College of Nursing and Health Professions is one of four colleges at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. It offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, health services, health administration, and occupational therapy, and undergraduate programs in dental assisting, dental hygiene, sonography, food and nutrition, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy. In addition, it offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.