New Mennonite Nursing acting dean appointed

H. Catherine Miller

H. Catherine Miller

H. Catherine Miller has officially been named the acting dean of the ISU Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) and will begin her new position this summer.

As the new dean, her job is described as being the principle administrative leadership for the implementation of the College’s strategic plan. She will also assume more responsibilities working external to the College of Nursing day-to-day functions.

In addition, her duties will include working more with university leaders, alumni and overseeing budgets.

“I will continue to work with the great and hardworking faculty and staff at Mennonite College of Nursing and their support is important as I begin these new responsibilities,” Dr. Miller said.

“I look forward to working more with the university leadership, clinical partners and alumni.”

Miller was named the associate dean for academics at MCN in 2010.

She formerly worked as the associate dean of health and human services at Heartland Community College. She also assisted on the Illinois Board for Nursing for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Since Miller has experience in several leadership roles throughout her career, she was recognized as a perfect fit for her new position.

Throughout her career, she has worked in leading many nursing schools and healthcare systems. She has also worked in local, state and nationwide professional organizations. In 2000, she won District Six Nurse of the Year.

She studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then went on to receive her M.S.N from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

“I love the nursing profession and working with nursing students as they complete their education is an important contribution to our community,” Miller said.

“We need excellent and dedicated nurses for the future.”

The students of ISU’s Mennonite College of Nursing are well prepared and provide the healthcare patients and their families need, she added.

Miller was appointed by the current MCN dean, Janet Krejci, who will assume the interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at ISU on July 1.

Krejci will serve as the interim provost until the next one is named – the search will start this fall.

July 1 also marks Miller’s fifth year at ISU.

“I am honored to serve the College in this capacity,” Miller said.

MCN became the sixth college at ISU in July 1999. Originally founded at a private college in 1919, MCN continues striving to keep its important traditions while still accommodating its students with its advanced program.

MCN is dedicated to celebrating its students and faculty, and plans many events throughout the academic year to bring the community together.

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