Texas A&M University recently named Nancy Fahrenwald the new dean of the College of Nursing, scheduled to take effect June 1. She has served as dean and professor of South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) College of Nursing since 2013, where she oversaw enrollment growth in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dennis Hedge, provost and vice president of academic affairs at SDSU, tells BrookingsRegister.com, “On behalf of the administration, faculty and staff at South Dakota State University, I would like to thank Nancy for her service to our university and state. Dr. Fahrenwald has been a visionary leader for the betterment of nursing and health care during her time at SDSU, and her impact will be felt for many years. She continued a legacy within the College of Nursing of preparing health-care professionals to have a positive impact on their local communities and throughout the world.”
Fahrenwald received her BSN from SDSU, MSN at the University of Portland, and PhD in Nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Fahrenwald pursued clinical specialization as a public health nurse, serving in community health nursing roles in South Dakota and Washington. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, working on AIDS prevention and community health teaching.
Fahrenwald is also a nurse researcher who has impacted education on organ donation and transplants within American Indian populations, tobacco-free school policies, and tobacco-cessation programs for rural citizens. She has helped form a transdisciplinary rural health research team to provide improved health in the state and region. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Excited for the new position at Texas A&M and the opportunity to serve another university, Fahrenwald feels well prepared by her experience at SDSU. To learn more about her nursing career, visit here.