As work continues on the new Health Science Complex in downtown Florence, Francis Marion University President Fred Carter has announced that Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price will serve as dean of the new School of Health Sciences.
The appointment, which was made after recommendations from university faculty, is effective immediately.
Wittmann-Price was serving as the chairwoman of the Department of Nursing, a position she took when she joined the FMU faculty in 2010. Since that time, she has received recognition and numerous awards for her work in health education. She has been named a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education program, was given the award for Excellence in Research from FMU and, most recently, was named an FMU research scholar.
During her long career in nursing, as well as nursing education, she has been extensively published and her work on ‘Emancipated Decision-Making in Women’s Health Care’ is used around the world.
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The newly created School of Health Sciences will begin operations on July 1, 2016. It is the third academic school at FMU, joining the School of Business and School of Education. All other academic programs at the university are housed in the College of Liberal Arts.
The School of Health Science will include FMU’s undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, and will be home to a variety of new graduate-level health care programs scheduled to come online in future years.