Jeremy Craig, 404-413-1357
ATLANTA — Georgia State University Provost Risa Palm has announced that Margaret C. Wilmoth, professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will become dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions effective Jan. 1, 2012.
“President Becker and I look forward to working with Dr. Wilmoth to advance the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions in keeping with the health-related goals of the university’s strategic plan,” Palm said.
|Margaret Wilmoth is the inaugural dean for the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions.|
As dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Wilmoth will lead programs in nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy and physical therapy. She will serve as the first dean of the school following the reorganization of the former College of Health and Human Sciences this past summer.
"I am very excited to be appointed as the inaugural dean for the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions," Wilmoth said. "Georgia State University is embarking on a second century of growth and excellence and I am honored to lead this new school into the future."
She added that the field of health care is rapidly changing, and said that the school is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the field.
"This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for nursing and the health professions given the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act and the recent report by the Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing," Wilmoth explained. "The school is structured for innovation in interprofessional education and collaborative research and I look forward to leading our faculty in these endeavors."
Wilmoth received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and her doctoral degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a master’s degree in strategic studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
She has served as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve as the first nurse and woman to command a medical brigade at a general officer rank.
Wilmoth recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C., and is an active researcher in the field of psychosocial oncology, with collaborators in Sweden. Wilmoth also has an ongoing role with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group of the National Cancer Institute.
Her other academic appointments have included nursing faculty positions at Emory University, the University of Delaware, Central Missouri State College and the University of Kansas.
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