Dr. Katherine E. Nugent, who has accepted the position of associate
dean and director of the School of Nursing, will also serve as a
professor of nursing in the College of Health at The University
of Southern Mississippi.
excited about this," said Dr. Peter Fos, the new dean of the
College of Health. "She has a great deal of experience, and
with the challenges of a dual-campus situation, her experience in
administration and scholarship is needed."
her bachelor's and master's of science in nursing from Texas Woman's
University and her doctorate from Texas A & M University. In
her professional practice, she was a staff nurse at St. Joseph's
Hospital from 1970-1971; a registered nurse of campus health at
Allen Military Academy from 1971-1972; the assistant head nurse
of pediatrics at Memorial Northwest Hospital in Houston from 1972-1975;
and was in charge of parent-child staff development at Memorial
Hospital from 1975-1977. She also worked as a pediatric clinical
nurse specialist through the University of Texas at Galveston practice
plan. She currently serves as interim dean of nursing at the Medical
College of Georgia School of Nursing, where she was also a professor
of nursing science.
held academic positions at College of the Mainland, University of
Texas Medical Branch, Clemson University and Medical College of
Georgia. She served as assistant department head in the College
of Nursing at Clemson University and served as associate dean for
undergraduate programs, associate dean for academic programs, vice
dean of the School of Nursing and interim dean of the School of
Nursing at Medical College of Georgia.
published extensively in the areas of nursing education and diversity
issues. She has been the primary investigator for a HRSA grant titled
"Increasing Diversity in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program."
to raise the level of research on both campuses, and Dr. Nugent
is committed to that, too," Fos said of Nugent, who is currently
a fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Academic
excited to have Dr. Nugent at Southern Miss," said university
President Shelby Thames. "She is well respected among her colleagues
and I think she will take our nursing program to new heights."
will begin her responsibilities Aug. 1 at Southern Miss, said she
is eager about the opportunity to join the faculty in the School
of Nursing and in the College of Health. "It is an exciting
time for nursing and an excellent time to positively impact the
teaching, research and health care mission of the profession of
nursing," she said.