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New Chair of Nursing Education Named

April 1, 2011

Averett University is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen C. Quinn is the new chair of nursing education for the University. Quinn brings to the role extensive clinical experience and a strong academic background both in the classroom and in research and publications. Quinn will be moving to Danville in the coming months.

"Dr. Kathleen Quinn recently designed the curriculum and oversaw the implementation of a nursing program at the College of Coastal Georgia. She knows the ins and outs of what is required to develop and gain approval for new academic programs in the health sciences," said Dr. Stephen Ausband, vice president of academic affairs. "Dr. Quinn's energy and the way she looks ahead to the tasks that need to be done and immediately begins to tackle those tasks will be important factors in her success as the chair of Nursing Education at Averett."

Quinn will serve as a member of the Averett faculty, and her responsibilities will include designing and seeking accreditation for new health sciences academic programs, recruiting and managing faculty for the new programs as well as setting departmental strategy and budgets and managing the department's faculty and staff.

Quinn's professional experience includes: serving as the Chair of the Governor's Task force on Sexual Abuse of Minors for Louisiana; serving as Discovery Integrative Healthcare Centers' Chief Healthcare Officer and as Executive Director of the National Sexual Trauma Center; functioning as a first responder and community organizer in post-Katrina Mississippi; and serving on the Emergency Management Committees in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Quinn earned her doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Psychotherapy from St. Louis University, and holds Masters' degrees in Women's Health Nursing (from Vanderbilt University), Theology, Religious Education (Notre Dame Seminary), and Counselor Education (University of New Orleans).