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NORMAL — The director of the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University has been named dean of Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing.

Judy Neubrander has been nursing school director at WCU in Cullowhee, N.C., since July 2011. She will begin her new position July 1 at a salary of $215,000.

Provost Janet Krejci announced Neubrander's selection on Monday. Krejci had been dean of Mennonite before being named ISU's interim vice president for academic affairs and provost in July 2014 and then being selected for the post permanently in March 2015.

While at Western Carolina, Neubrander led the implementation of a doctorate of nursing practice program, created the School of Nursing Development Council and secured more than $3 million in funding to improve access and diversity in nursing. She also played a key role in planning and developing a new College of Health and Human Sciences building on the WCU campus.

In a statement from ISU, Neubrander pointed to the the college's “rich history and strong programs.”

“I look forward to collaborating with the college's faculty, staff, students, alumni and constituents as we work together to continue to move the college forward,” she added.

Krejci described Neubrander as “a mission-driven, visionary leader, with lived values that align with MCN, our Educating Illinois mission and our outstanding nursing programs, faculty and staff.”

Neubrander has been an active nurse throughout her academic career. She has provided nursing services in Haiti and Ecuador in addition to serving as a nurse practitioner volunteer with the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, N.C.

She has a doctorate from North Carolina State University, a master's degree in education and adult health from the University of Kansas, a bachelor's degree in nursing from William Jewell College and a family nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate from the University of Alabama.

Other finalists for the position were Nancy Ridenour of the University of New Mexico; Jan Strom of Northern Illinois University; and Gloria Jacobson of Saint Xavier University.

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