It is an honor to serve as the interim dean of Texas A&M College of Nursing! Although new to this role, I was proud to be the inaugural associate dean for the college when it was founded nearly 10 years ago. While maintaining a close working relationship with the College of Nursing throughout the years, I have also held various faculty and administrative positions at the College of Medicine and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
With the leadership of Founding Dean, Dr. Sharon Wilkerson, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, the college has grown from 44 students in the initial class to over 400 current students. Through innovative teaching, simulated clinical experiences and the use of advanced technologies, graduates are well-prepared to meet Texas’ growing demand for exceptional nursing professionals. The standard of excellence set by our faculty and students has been recognized with a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation by the National League of Nursing, and by RegisteredNursing.org when it ranked the college the #1 nursing program in Texas. As the national search for the next dean of the College of Nursing is underway we continue working to increase capacity to graduate more nurses and nurse educators.
Interviews are scheduled to begin in September to fill the dean’s position, and we expect the successful candidate will be able to start early next year. In the meantime, my top priorities will be to support current funding efforts of the college, facilitate the ongoing feasibility study for a doctoral program, promote enrollment in the newly approved Master of Science in Forensic Nursing and most importantly to support the continued efforts of dedicated faculty, staff and administrators to advance the college’s mission and to help develop plans for celebrating the college’s 10th Anniversary in 2018.
This is an exciting time for Texas A&M College of Nursing, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Regina Bentley, EdD, RN, CNE
Interim Dean, Texas A&M College of Nursing