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Message from the interim dean

Roberta Olson

Strategic Plan: South Dakota State University developed an Imagine 2023 strategic plan to provide a vision to embrace for the next five years to: Aspire. Discover. Achieve. The College of Nursing adapted the direction from the university planning to the college level.

The five year strategic plan for the College of Nursing includes four goals:

  1. Achieve excellence in nursing education through transformative academic and continuing education programs.
  2. Cultivate and strengthen partnerships with educational entities, organizations, and with state, regional, and global communities.
  3. Foster innovation and increase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) that improves and promotes health for rural and underserved populations, and advances nursing and interprofessional health education.
  4. Be a Growing, High-Performing and Healthy College of Nursing.

Dean Nancy Fahrenwald worked closely with university administrators and College of Nursing faculty and staff to achieve these stretch goals. It is my privilege as the incoming Interim Dean, to begin this implementation process. I return as the Interim Dean after retiring from this position in 2013. I had the privilege of serving as dean from 1994 through 2013. I am honored to be invited to serve until a new permanent dean is hired.

We bid Dr. Fahrenwald a misty goodbye on May 10th as she relocated to Texas A&M in College Station, TX to assume the Dean of Nursing leadership position on June 1, 2018. Dr. Fahrenwald served the SDSU College of Nursing for 23 years in a variety of positions as Community Health faculty, coordinator, Associate Dean for Research, and the final five years as the dean. She leaves SDSU College of Nursing in excellent shape. All of us wish Nancy well in her new position and thank her for the high performance outcomes that she accomplished at SDSU. The search committee is headed up by the Dean of Pharmacy, Dr. Jane Mort. The committee is working with the Parker search firm.

I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students on our four campuses in South Dakota – Brookings, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, and Rapid City – in meeting the challenges for preparing our nursing graduates from the BS, MS, DNP, and PhD programs to serve the state, region, and nation in a variety of roles and settings.

Roberta K. Olson, PhD, RN