WVU School of Nursing Dean to Retire

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University School of Nursing Dean E. Jane Martin, Ph.D., will retire from her post effective June 30, 2007, WVU Vice President for Health Sciences Robert M. D’Alessandri has announced.  

“Dr. Martin has been an exemplary leader for the School of Nursing and for the University, and she will be truly missed by the students and faculty,” D’Alessandri said. “During her tenure as leader of the School of Nursing, our academic programs have been strengthened and broadened. We now serve many more students than in the past, and offer them more opportunities for learning and for advancement. Dr. Martin has also been a leader in statewide and national efforts to expand nursing education and prepare hospitals, nursing homes and other health institutions for changes in the marketplace that will affect the nursing workforce.”

Along with developing a doctoral program, innovative new undergraduate programs were developed under Martin’s leadership to facilitate increasing enrollments to address the nursing shortage.   

“I have been honored to serve as Dean of the School of Nursing and am deeply appreciative of the outstanding support I received that enabled the school to achieve the distinction that it has earned.”

Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing education from WVU in 1963 and a master’s degree in English from Ohio State University in 1966. Martin was later awarded a master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing in 1973 and a doctoral degree in higher education in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh.

After beginning her academic career as an English instructor at Ohio State University and LaRoche College, Martin joined the nursing faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, where she held several positions including associate dean for graduate academic affairs and director of the doctoral program. She then served as dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

In 1992, Martin returned to WVU to serve as dean and professor of the School of Nursing, and also as professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry in the School of Medicine. Martin has also served as director of nursing academic services at WVU Hospitals since 1994, and is currently the secretary of WVU Hospitals Board of Directors.

In addition to her duties at WVU, Martin is an elected Commissioner of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and serves as vice chair.  She also serves as a dean representative on the National Accreditation Review Committee of the Commission. In addition, Martin is serving on the Board of Directors of the Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing of the Southern Regional Educational Board. Martin is a member of the editorial board for the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care and is currently a peer reviewer for the Advanced Nurse Education Grants Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Locally, Martin is the current president of the Morgantown Health Right Board of Directors. She is also a board member of the Monongalia County Mental Health Association.

D’Alessandri has appointed WVU School of Medicine Dean John E. Prescott to lead a search committee to fill Martin’s post.

“Their charge will be to seek out people who are excellent scholars, energetic leaders and enthusiastic proponents of the profession of nursing,” D’Alessandri said.

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For more information:
Stacy Wise, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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