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Shelia Swift, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has been named assistant dean for undergraduate programs.

Shelia Swift“Since December, Dr. Swift has been doing an excellent job as interim in this position,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college. “I look forward to working with her as a member of the administrative team and to her leadership in undergraduate programs.”

Swift received a bachelor’s in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville in 1992 and began her career as a critical care nurse. After several years as a team leader on a medical/surgical unit, Swift accepted a nurse manager position, overseeing the GI lab, pre-op surgery, and recovery room.

In 2009, after seventeen years in the acute care setting, Swift returned to graduate school at UT to earn a doctorate in Nursing.

“I am honored to serve the university, the faculty, and our undergraduate students in this role,” Swift said. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our administrative team as we strive to meet and maintain the mission and vision of the College of Nursing.”

Members of the search committee included Mary Gunther, chair, and committee members Sandy Mixer, Susan Fancher, Allie Brown, and Brian Mountain.



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