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Release: July 22, 1999

UI College of Nursing announces administrative appointments

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing has announced the appointment of two faculty members to administrative posts in the college.

M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D., will become associate dean for academic affairs effective Aug. 15. She is a professor of nursing and currently serves as director of undergraduate programs in the college. "Dr. Donahue is a seasoned academic professional who brings great experience in curriculum development in both graduate and undergraduate nursing education and a track record of academic leadership," said Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of the college. Donahue succeeds Mary Blegen, Ph.D., who has accepted a position at the University of Colorado School of Nursing in Denver.

Gloria Bulechek, Ph.D., will become interim chair of the college's Adult and Gerontology Nursing area of study effective Aug. 1. She is a professor currently serving in the college's Organizations, Systems and Community Nursing area of study. "Dr. Bulechek brings a national reputation in nursing classification research and a strong academic and practice background in adult health nursing to this position," Dreher said. Meridean Maas, Ph.D., the current chair of Adult and Gerontology Nursing, is taking a leave from the position to serve as a distinguished visiting professor at the Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit during the 1999-2000 academic year.