New dean of nursing named

Robert L. Anders has been named as the new dean of Washington State University’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing, beginning work Sept. 15.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Anders, an outstanding nursing educator and experienced researcher, has accepted the post as Dean of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing,” said Robert Bates, provost and executive vice president. “His background in national and international health care administration, in various formats of nursing education delivery, and in developing the pipeline for participation of underrepresented groups in nursing will serve him well as he assumes the leadership position.”

Anders currently serves at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he is the associate dean at the College of Health Science (CHS), and a professor and director of School of Nursing. Anders serves as the administrator for the CHS Simulation Laboratory and the Texas State Funded Rural Nursing Initiative, and is the co-director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center.

Anders certified as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing and as a nursing administrator at the advanced level by the American Nurses Credential Center. He is an expert on psychiatric mental health quality of care. He is actively sought as a speaker and consultant both nationally and internationally.

His research is primarily in health care outcomes for the mentally ill and the related quality of care issues.  The NIH, AHCPR, WHO, Sigma Theta Tau, and a variety of other agencies have funded him for his research proposals.

Anders was employed at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing from 1987-2003 attaining the position of director of International Affairs and professor. He also served as chair of the Department of Nursing from 1996-1997 and interim associate dean of the school from 2001 to 2002.

Anders received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Union College, his master’s degree in Psych/Mental Health Nursing and his Dr. PH in Health Care Administration from the University of Hawaii.

Dorothy Detlor, current dean of Nursing will retire from her position on Sept. 1.

The Office of the Provost appointed the search committee in February 2006. Linda Fox, dean and director, WSU Extension, chaired the search committee. 
The search committee members were:
* Margaret Bruya, Professor and Assistant Dean, Nursing
* Lorrie Dawson, Assistant Professor and Director of Nursing Programs SE and Central WA
* Linda Eddy, Assistant Professor, Nursing
* Phyllis Eide, Assistant Professor, Nursing
* Saleh Elgiadi, Director, Information Tech Services, Nursing
* Dennis Dyck, Vice Chancellor for Research, WSU Spokane
* Mary Gonzalez, Program Coordinator Student Services Yakima
* Tami Kelley, Administrative Assistant, Advancement, Nursing
* David Kahn, Professor, Nursing
* Fred Lege, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing
* Kris Miller, Associate Professor, Nursing
* Nancy Vorhees, COO, Inland Northwest Health Services

Established in 1968, WSU’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and one of the most comprehensive nursing education consortiums. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled in Spokane through its four consortium partners, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College.  The same programs are also offered in several communities across the state including Yakima, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla using the Washington Higher Education Telecommunications System’s interactive video as well as by videoconferencing, video streaming and web based instruction.  As the largest college of nursing in the Pacific Northwest, the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing is currently educating more than 850 upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, and each year graduates more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state.  In addition, its faculty researchers are contributing significantly to the knowledge base of the profession and of health care.