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Renowned nursing leader joins UTA

Elizabeth Merwin

Elizabeth Merwin, previously executive vice dean of the Duke University School of Nursing, has been appointed dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI). Dr. Merwin also served as the Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke’s School of Medicine.

“Dr. Merwin is not only a highly effective leader, but also a prolific researcher,” says UTA Provost Teik C. Lim. “This combination is exactly the recipe needed to drive the college in becoming a model for excellence in academic education and a leader in health science research.”

Merwin says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to join UTA and lead a nationally recognized team to collaborate with the University and achieve further success.

“The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has much to be proud of,” she says. “I look forward to leading the college to even higher levels of internal and external recognition of the excellence of its contributions.”

CONHI is a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence and the No. 1 producer of baccalaureate-degreed nurses in Texas. It also offers one of the top 50 master’s degree programs in nursing in the U.S. and is among the top three programs in Texas. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is also No. 52 in the nation and No. 2 in Texas.

“With her distinguished record as a researcher, teacher, and scholar and her tremendous leadership experience as the executive vice dean of one of the nation’s top nursing schools, Dr. Merwin is eminently suited to lead our renowned faculty to new heights of excellence,” says Vistasp Karbhari, UTA president. “I look forward to her leadership as CONHI continues to rise in excellence.”

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