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Starck ending “unprecedented and celebrated” deanship, effective Aug. 31


Dr. Patricia L. Starck, UTHealth School of Nursing dean since 1984, holder of the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and the Huffington Foundation Chair for Nursing Education Leadership

Dr. Patricia L. Starck, UTHealth School of Nursing dean since 1984, holder of the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and the Huffington Foundation Chair for Nursing Education Leadership

(Feb. 11, 2014) – Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) announced today that Patricia L. Starck, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, will step down at the end of this academic year as dean of the UTHealth School of Nursing, a leadership position she has held since 1984. After taking a sabbatical, she will return to UTHealth to serve as Senior Vice President for Interprofessional Education, a leadership role she took on in June 2013.

In a university-wide email, Colasurdo praised Starck’s “unprecedented and celebrated 30-year tenure” as dean and continued:

“A nationally known expert in nursing education and recruitment, Dean Starck has made it her mission to attract and educate dedicated, caring individuals to the nursing profession. Under her leadership, the school has earned repeated distinctions as one of the top nursing schools in the country.

Dean Starck earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1979 and her masters of nursing from Emory University in Atlanta. She is a 1997 graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and is a founding member of the American Board of Comprehensive Care, which is involved in the promotion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

She is the recipient of several major research grants, and has published dozens of scholarly papers, book chapters, and abstracts. Appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council in 2002, Dean Starck also is active in a variety of professional and community organizations. She is a member of virtually every professional group for nurses and serves on the editorial board of several nursing journals.

Dean Starck has been a remarkable leader of our School of Nursing for three decades now, transforming a young school into one of the best nursing programs in the country. Among her many accomplishments is the successful Accelerated PhD Program - a pioneering model for “growing” nursing school faculty. The first students in the innovative program earned their doctoral degrees in 2013, and today all 10 are assistant professors on the faculty.

The school is a partner in the Texas Gulf Coast Nursing Consortium which was recently selected as one of five Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) demonstration projects in the country by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid (CMS), which will educate additional advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) for the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Dean Starck is an outstanding mentor, colleague and friend to all of us at UTHealth and we are truly fortunate that she will remain a member of our team. I hope you will join me in thanking her for her service as Dean, and supporting her continued work in interprofessional education, research and practice.

We will begin a national search with the goal to have a new dean in place by September 1, 2014.”

Co-chairs of the search committee are: UTHealth School of Dentistry Dean John A. Valenza, D.D.S., and Terri S. Armstrong, Ph.D., holder of the Dunn Distinguished Professorship in Oncology Nursing and professor in the Family Health Department of the School of Nursing. 

Interested applicants will find more information and may apply confidentially at: http://go.uth.edu/deanson.

– distributed by the UTHealth Office of Public Affairs