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Chair of Nursing bids farewell

In May, colleagues gathered to honor Fran Ward, PhD, RN, CRNP, the College's David R. Devereaux Chair of Nursing, who will retire from her role on June 30.

(Pictured, CHPSW Board of Visitors Chair David R. Devereaux, Dr. Fran Ward, and her husband, Dr. Norbert Elliot)

During her tenure here Dr. Ward was integral to the transformation of the Department’s academic programs from an acute care, hospital-based focus to a primary care focus. This shift has positioned the Department of Nursing as a leader, adapting to the needs of a changing healthcare delivery system.

"Fran's vision, drive and accomplishment defined her tenure here and will leave its mark on the programs and people they serve," said Michael R. Sitler, EdD, Interim Dean the College of Health Professions and Social Work. "We wish her the best as she begins her next chapter.