Anderson University has named Karen Williams, DNP, MSN, ANP-C, RN, as dean of the School of Nursing. Williams, who will begin her new role in June of 2009, replaces Dr. Andrea Koepke who served as dean from 2000-2008 before accepting a position with the University of Findlay. Professor Pat Griffin has guided the School of Nursing since June of 2008 and will remain in the position until May 31 when Williams will transition to her new assignment.
“We are delighted that Professor Williams has accepted this challenging position at an important time in the life of the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean. “Her enthusiasm for working with all of the constituents who are important to an effective program --faculty, students, collaborating hospitals and nurses -- will put her in good stead in the coming years. She will be a great colleague in the academic leadership of Anderson University.”
Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from the Indiana University School of Nursing. She received an additional Master of Science in Nursing from Purdue University as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and is nationally certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (ANP-C). She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program through the Purdue University School of Nursing.
Prior to being named dean, Williams served the Anderson University School of Nursing as associate professor. In addition, she has served as director of Health Services and the School of Practical Nursing for the Washington Township School Corporation in Indianapolis, Instructor for the School of Nursing at Ball State University, and director of Education for Community Hospital in Anderson.
Her specialties include Adult Nurse Practitioner, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Nursing Education (both acute care and university-based). Her research interests focus on the barriers to care for the underinsured and the uninsured.
Anderson University School of Nursing one of the top nursing programs in Indiana. Students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) upon successful completion of the program and are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). At the graduate level, the Anderson University School of Nursing offers a dual degree program combining nursing and business, leading to a MSN/MBA degree. The school is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Commission on the Collegiate Nursing Education.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.