AUBURN – Gregg E. Newschwander, a professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has been named dean of the Schools of Nursing at Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery, Provost Mary Ellen Mazey announced today.
With more than 20 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, Newschwander previously held administrative positions at the University of Vermont, The Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has remained active in clinical practice throughout his career, with expertise in pediatric emergency and trauma nursing.
“Dr. Newschwander brings to Auburn significant experience in strategic planning, program expansion and new program development,” Mazey said. “His administrative and academic leadership combined with his vast clinical experience make him a perfect fit to lead the Auburn and Auburn Montgomery programs.”
Newschwander was selected for the Auburn job from a list of four finalists following a national search and will begin work Dec. 1. At Auburn and AUM, he will work collaboratively with the academic colleges and schools to provide leadership to enhance and promote existing programs, to develop innovative new programs and to recruit high-quality students. He will also be instrumental in shaping and executing the strategic plans for both campuses.
“I’m looking forward to working with the talented faculty, staff and students at Auburn and AUM,” Newschwander said. “There is a lot going on in health care right now, in delivery systems as well as finance. Preparing students for successful practice in the 21st century will require a different approach: one that is more diverse, more collaborative, more multidisciplinary in nature. I believe Auburn and AUM understand this and are well positioned to provide students with the best possible start for what will be a challenging and rewarding career.”
Prior to his appointment at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Newschwander was the chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Vermont in Burlington for four years. During that time, he was responsible for the administration of both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs which included 400 students and 40 full- and part-time faculty.
Newschwander served for 10 years as the assistant dean for student affairs in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. In that position, he started the UVA International Studies Program in Comparative Health Care at Oxford University in England.
“Innovations in instructional design and delivery are changing the face of nursing education,” Newschwander said. “From what I can see, the Schools of Nursing at Auburn offer a unique opportunity to assume a leadership role in the preparation of nursing professionals at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
Newschwander holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University’s College of Nursing and a master’s from the University of Colorado’s School of Nursing, where his major was pediatrics and his clinical focus was the primary health care of adolescents. He received his doctorate from Marquette University’s School of Education with a research focus on preparation and performance of nontraditional students in accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs.
He has received funding through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration, published in nursing and education journals and presented his research findings in the United States and Canada.
Apart from his administrative appointments, Newschwander is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Virginia Association of Colleges of Nursing, where he serves as President. He has been elected to several honor societies, including Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing and the Raven Society at the University of Virginia.
Newschwander succeeds Barbara Witt, who is retiring. Witt became dean of the Auburn Montgomery School of Nursing in 1998. Shortly thereafter, she was given the responsibility of consolidating the administration of the Schools of Nursing at AUM and Auburn University. She has served at the helm of both schools for 10 years.
(Submitted by Katie Wilder.)