School of Nursing dean Joanne Warner, who has served in that role since 2008, has decided to retire effective July 1, 2015. Warner came to the University of Portland in 2005, and in her tenure has achieved a remarkable number of personal, professional, and School of Nursing goals. Her work has been consistently dedicated to the connections of peace, social justice, and health in advancing the human condition. A quintessential exemplar of the UP mission and her beloved Quaker faith, Warner guided the development and advancement of the innovative Dedicated Education Unit; enhanced simulation in the role of nursing education through expansion of simulation labs; developed new graduate programs, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice; drove national policy in nursing education, especially advocating for nurses’ political activism and solid policy work; and much more.
A national search for her replacement is underway. University provost Tom Greene will head the search committee that consists of four faculty members, two staff members, and two academic administrators. Please join in wishing Joanne Warner all the best as she begins the transition to professional retirement and the next chapter in her life.