The University of Texas at Arlington named Anne Bavier, RN, PhD, FAAN, a nationally recognized healthcare leader who has held posts at top-ranked universities and at the National Institutes of Health, as the new dean of the College of Nursing, according to a news release.
Bavier previously served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs, Conn., and also served as dean of nursing at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She is president-elect of the National League for Nursing, which includes more than 39,000 members. Bavier will join the university on Aug. 1.
As dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, Bavier will lead one of the nations largest nursing programs with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students on campus and in online programs, according to the release. More than 90% of UT Arlington nursing graduates pass their initial state licensure exam on their first attempt. The college boasts a 94% graduation rate.
To oversee department merger
Bavier will oversee the merger of UT Arlingtons department of kinesiology and the College of Nursing during the 2014-2015 academic year. The combined college will include nearly 350 faculty members.
It is an exciting undertaking to build on the remarkable achievements UT Arlington has made in nursing and kinesiology to create a bold future for a University destined to become a nationally recognized research institution, Bavier said in the release. The college is poised to advance the agenda rapidly, while maintaining the highest standards of rigor in scientific research and educational offerings.
Jennifer Gray, RN, PhD, an associate dean of nursing who served as interim dean, said Baviers proven leadership will make her an asset for the entire university.
Dr. Bavier has an incredible commitment to improving public health by supporting and enhancing outstanding educational programs, Gray said in the release. The merger of the College of Nursing and the department of kinesiology will bring amazing opportunities for collaboration and growth, and she is the right leader to help us take full advantage of what lies ahead.