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Finalists Selected for Dean of the College of Nursing

Three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Nursing will visit the South Dakota State University campus in the coming weeks.
 
Each candidate will spend two days interviewing between the main campus in Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. While on campus, the candidates will meet with university leadership, deans, researchers, faculty, students and staff. There will be open forums for each individual to engage with other key stakeholders and community and university members.

The three candidates are:
 
Debra Anderson, Ph.D., PHCNS, BC
Associate Dean for Research
South Dakota State University
 

Debra Anderson
Debra Anderson

Anderson started at South Dakota State University in May after serving as an associate professor and director of work-life engagement at the University of Kentucky since 1999.

Anderson worked in public health at the Marion County Health Department in Indianapolis before moving into academia. She has been certified as a clinical nurse specialist in public/community health nursing since 2006.

She has been an assistant or associate professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education in Spokane, Washington, the University of Portland and Washington State University. She was a postdoctoral scholar in family nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Anderson earned an associate degree in nursing from Vincennes University, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Central University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and her doctorate from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Anderson will interview Oct. 9 and 10. Her public open forum will be Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Lewis and Clark Room.

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Linda G. Haddad, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Professor and associate director for graduate programs, School of Nursing
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Linda Haddad
Linda Haddad

Haddad has had several academic leadership positions in Jordan and in the United States. She was dean of the School of Nursing at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, director of nursing education master’s program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Florida’s College of Nursing before taking her current position as professor and associate director for graduate programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

She has worked with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health and Development in Jordan, the Center for Addiction Research and Education at the University of Florida and the Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research at Virginia Commonwealth. She also was a staff nurse at the Jordan University Hospital.

Haddad earned a bachelor’s degree from Jordan University, a master’s of nursing science from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
 
Haddad will interview Oct. 10 and 11. Her public open forum will be Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Pugsley Hall 214.

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Lisa L. Onega, Ph.D., FNP, RN
Associate dean of academics, School of Nursing
West Virginia University
 

Lisa Onega
Lisa Onega

Onega started as associate dean of academics in West Virginia’s School of Nursing in 2017. She oversees several programs at the school’s sites in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser and Morgantown.

She was an associate professor and professor of gerontological nursing at Radford University from 2000-16 after being an assistant professor of gerontological nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University. She also was a nursing instructor at three Virginia community colleges.

She has worked as a family nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing and a psychiatric nurse.

Onega earned a bachelor’s degree from Radford University, a master’s in psychiatric nursing from the University of Virginia, a Master of Business Administration from Radford and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. She also earned her family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Virginia.

Onega will interview Oct. 15 and 16. Her public open forum will be Oct. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Pugsley Hall 214.