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8/17/04

Westminster College Appoints Jean Dyer Dean of the Westminster/St. Mark's School of Nursing

SALT LAKE CITY- Westminster College is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Dyer as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dyer comes to us from Portland, Maine, where she has been the director of the Department of Nursing and Health Services Management at the University of New England.

Dyer was attracted to the job because of the challenge and creativity it will require to grow the program effectively. "The camaraderie and support of the Westminster faculty and staff will enable me to succeed," she said. "and

Over the past five years, Dyer has successfully directed the University of New England's Department of Nursing through significant growth and change. Her other accomplishments include developing and managing the only nationally accredited R.N. to B.S.N. nursing program in Israel, developing and implementing an R.N. to B.S.N. completion program for nontraditional registered nursing students at the University of New England, and developing a refresher course for registered nurses in New England. She also developed and produced nursing education videos, one of which was sold nationally.

open and cooperative environment in nursing education in Salt Lake City, and the very welcoming and supportive environment at Westminster.

Dyer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maine, a M.S.N. in Nursing Education and Community Health from Salem State College, and a B.S.N. from Adelphi University.

Westminster College Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Seidelman said, "Her experience and past successes in program development, nursing accreditation, international partnerships, curriculum design and assessment of student learning will be invaluable assets to the School of Nursing."

Westminster College, founded in 1875, is a private, comprehensive, liberal arts college dedicated to students and their learning. Impassioned teaching and active learning are the hallmarks of the Westminster experience. The college prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located where the magnificent Rocky Mountains meet the vibrant city of Salt Lake, Westminster blends classroom learning with experiences presented by its unique location to help students develop skills and attributes critical for success in a rapidly changing world. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.