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A Message From Dean Peggy Ellis

Dean Peggy EllisHappy New Year! I hope that it has started well for you.

We continue to be busy here in the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing. As you know, our faculty are excellent! Many of them have been recognized this year for their excellence in nursing and in nursing education. In November, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year program recognized many of our faculty members. Dr. Verna Ferguson was named Nurse Legend of the Year. Other outstanding award winners include: Dr. Vicki Moran, Nurse Educator of the Year; Ms. Samantha Marquand, Pediatric Nurse of the Year; and Ms. Karen Scaglione, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. Other faculty members were nominated including Christina Rariden, Kelli Fuller, Vicki Moran, and Krista Simmons in the Educator category. Additionally, the St. Louis Magazine nominates nurses in the community for their Excellence in Nursing Award. We have five nominees for that award, which is coming up in April. These nominations and winners are a testament to the excellence of our faculty.

During the fall semester, we completed a search for a new dean of the School of Nursing. We had some excellent applicants for the position; however, as you know, the cream rises to the top. The new dean of the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing will be Dr. Danny Willis. Dr. Willis currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to that position he was on the faculty at Boston College and was anxious to return to a Jesuit school. He holds a BSN from University of Mississippi Medical Center and masters and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University. He will begin his appointment here on July 1, 2020. We are looking forward to working with him and anxious for you to get to know him.

We would like to thank you for your support of the school and hope you will continue to be a part of the school and its activities. We consider each of you lifetime members of our family. Please keep in touch.

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Peggy Ellis, R.N., Ph.D.
Interim Dean
Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing