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September 21, 2011

Kathy Parker steps down as School of Nursing dean

Kathy Rideout will serve as interim dean during national search

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Kathy Parker has announced that she is stepping down as dean of the School of Nursing to devote herself more fully to her research interests within the Medical Center. Kathy Rideout, senior associate dean for academic affairs, has been named interim dean of the school pending the outcome of a national search.

“We are very grateful to Kathy Parker for the progress that the School of Nursing made during her tenure as dean,” says President Joel Seligman. “I applaud her desire to commit to a new pivotal role as director of the Sleep Research Program at the Medical Center. This is a burgeoning area of medical research, and we are excited to have an investigator of her national stature committed to it.”

Parker was appointed dean of the school in August 2008, after more than 30 years as a distinguished clinician, professor, and scientist at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta. As codirector of Emory’s Program in Sleep, Parker’s pathbreaking investigations to improve the quality of sleep in people with chronic illness garnered national recognition.

Under Parker’s leadership, the nursing school increased its scholarship support, stipends, and flexible study options to attract and retain top nursing students. The school also expanded its academic programs and enhanced both its infrastructure and facilities to support more students and faculty. In research, the school actively worked to initiate and develop new, interdisciplinary programs in conjunction with the Medical Center’s Clinical Translational Science Institute, emerging as a national model for its role in helping to accelerate the application of medical research.

“I am honored to have served as dean of this school, and I am grateful to all of the faculty and staff who’ve contributed to our success,” Parker says. “The opportunity to return to my research—at a time when sleep disorders are affecting so many patients—is irresistible.”

Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk says Rideout is “a highly respected practitioner, teacher, and scholar,” who “embodies the unification model of the School of Nursing.

“She is very passionate about making sure the students and faculty are successful, and that the school is held in the highest regard. We are extremely pleased to have someone with her energy, capabilities and experience lead the school during this time of transition and know she will be adept at working together with everyone, both in and outside the School, to keep the school moving forward.”

A member of the nursing faculty for more than 25 years, Rideout has most recently served as the school’s senior associate dean for academic affairs. Since 1986 she has also worked as a nurse practitioner within Golisano Children’s Hospital. Currently she is a part-time pediatric ostomy nurse practitioner in the Department of Pediatric Surgery.

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