Dr. Karen Selwa Williams, dean of the Anderson University School of Nursing, was one of 50 recipients of the Golden Graduate Award by the Purdue University School of Nursing. The award was presented during the 50th anniversary gala of the Purdue University School of Nursing.
“What I have accomplished in my nursing career has largely been attributable to the mentors I have worked with,” said Williams. “Each person who God has brought into my life professionally has taught me valuable lessons. Anderson University supported my efforts to obtain a doctorate degree - without this community of believers, this endeavor would not have been possible.”
Professor Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 also earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Purdue University School of Nursing.
Williams became dean of the Anderson University School of Nursing five years ago. During this time, new programs have been added including an RN-BSN Completion program and an Informatics track to the MSN program. In shaping the program of nursing, Williams made it a priority to create a positive work environment for professors, which is reflected in a positive learning environment for the students.
"I love working with students and faculty as they explore their roles, thinking outside the box to solve organizational spectrum issues, working with new programs and delivery systems," said Williams.
During the next academic year, Williams will have the opportunity to guide several new departments, including kinesiology and the behavioral sciences including social work, sociology, family science, criminal justice, and psychology.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.