Katherine Nugent

New Academic Year

Once again, it is the beginning of a new academic year at The University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Nursing. We had a busy summer school session with a very large enrollment in our nursing programs. Even though we barely had time to catch our breath from the end of the summer term to the beginning of the fall term, we are excited and prepared to begin the new academic year.

This summer, work began on preparing the site for construction of our new College of Nursing building. On September 17th, at 10:00 AM the formal ground breaking ceremony for Asbury Hall will occur. We are so grateful to all the donors who have invested in the College’s future and made this dream a reality. This past July, through a competitive grant process, we received over a million dollars to implement an accelerated baccalaureate program for Veterans. The program is designed to provide academic credit for previous medical experience and training and provide a mechanism for removing barriers that impede our veterans from obtaining a baccalaureate degree.

Another new program that is being implemented is a new leadership tract for the BSN graduate that will culminate in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This program is offered in collaboration with the College of Business who developed a business certificate that will enhance the competencies of the graduates in their administrative positions.

So, we enter the new academic year anticipating the opportunities that will advance our vision, Breaking New Ground; Transforming Health Care.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Katherine Nugent
Katherine Nugent
Dr. Nugent, who has served as the director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Health since 2004, was named dean in July 2012, when the School of Nursing was returned to its status as a College of Nursing. Dr. Nugent came to the University of Southern Mississippi from the Medical College of Nursing , now called Georgia Health Sciences University, where she was the executive associate Dean. Dr. Nugent has extensive experience in nursing education and in administration of nursing programs, having served in a variety of leadership positions at the University of Texas at Galveston, Clemson University and Georgia Health Sciences University. She has been active in state, regional, and national nursing organizations and will serve as the president of the Collegiate Nursing Education Council of the Southern Regional Education Board beginning in November 2012.

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