School of Nursing Dean Search - Search Committee Announced

5/22/12  Portland. Ore.

A national search for the new School of Nursing Dean will be launched this summer and will be overseen by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.

OHSU has announced the search committee for the new School of Nursing Dean. The search committee will include:

Virginia Tilden, DNSc, RN, Chair
Dean Emerita, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Daniel Dorsa, PhD
Vice President, Research

Gail Houck, PhD, RN
School of Nursing Faculty Program Director, Post Master DNP

Deborah Eldredge, RN, PhD
OHSU Health System Director, Quality, Res & Magnet

Thomas Becker, MD
Professor Chair, Public Health & Preventative Medicine

Gary Laustsen, RN, PhD
School of Nursing-La Grande Campus Interim Director, FNP


Kristin Belford
Student, School of Nursing

Mark Zabriskie, PhD
Dean, School of Pharmacy

Thomas Boudrot, EdD
Director, Teaching & Learning

Jean Bates, MSN
Alumna & OHSU Former Faculty

Tom Anderson, MD
Chief of Staff, VA Medical Center

Paula Nagy
Graduate Student, School of Nursing

Judith Gedney Baggs, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elizabeth N. Gray Distinguished Professor Doctor of Philosophy Program Director

Jill Bennett, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing


School of Nursing Mission

The School of Nursing mission shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide leadership in nursing and health care through innovation in healing, teaching and discovery.

Major Accomplishments

  • Received accreditation for new Doctor of Nursing Practice (2009-2014) and Nurse Midwifery program (2010-2021) for maximum accreditation periods
  • Nurse Midwifery program ranked #1 in the country by US News and World Report
  • Increased number of faculty publications in journals, books, and on the web by nearly 30 percent in one year (54 in 2009 and 66 in 2010).
  • Earned $5.9 million in research and training grants in FY 2011
  • Implemented integrated learning communities across missions, programs and campuses in focus areas reflecting current topics/issues in nursing and health care
  • Expanded the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program to include a new cohort of 32 students
  • Implemented a new master’s and D.N.P. program in Health Systems and Organizational Leadership; revised advanced practice and academic masters programs to create pathways facilitating seamless transition to doctoral studies