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Zwygart-Stauffacher to Continue as Interim Dean

RELEASED: May 19, 2009

Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher
Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher will continue as interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

"Mary has done a terrific job as interim dean," said Dr. Marty Wood, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "She has successfully overseen the development of her college's new doctorate of nursing practice degree from its earliest stages to its recent final approval by the Board of Regents. She also has inaugurated an accelerated nursing program for students who already have a bachelor's degree, has filled several tenure-track nursing positions in a very tight faculty market, has led her college through the labor-intensive PEEQ process, and has helped the college organize itself more effectively and efficiently."

Wood said he appreciates Zwygart-Stauffacher's willingness to serve in the interim dean position for a second year, in spite of the reduced time it will allow her to devote to her own active research program.

"It is my honor to continue to serve the outstanding students, faculty and staff in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences," said Zwygart-Stauffacher, who has held the interim position since July 1, 2008.

After incoming Provost Patricia Kleine arrives on campus, she will consult with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences about launching another search for a permanent dean, Wood said.

Zwygart-Stauffacher, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000 as a professor and chair of the department of nursing systems, was appointed associate dean of the college in 2004. She has nearly 30 years experience in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home arena, where she has implemented new advanced practice roles and clinical best practice models. She has held a variety of faculty and administrative positions in schools of nursing and is a co-principal investigator with Dr. M. Rantz at the University of Missouri-Columbia on a NIH/NINR-funded Nursing Home Multilevel Quality Improvement Study.

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JB

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