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UND appoints nursing dean

Gayle Roux

UND’s College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines announced Gayle Roux as its new dean Tuesday.

This comes after former Dean Denise Korniewicz was reassigned last summer because of faculty complaints about her behavior.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Light has been serving as interim dean.

“I think it has been a tremendous year,” he said. “It’s been a year of healing and a year of tremendous enthusiasm in the college for what comes next. I’m really so proud of everyone in the college for having made this a great year to work with them and I’m really pleased that we’ve got a great hire.”

Roux will assume the role of dean on Sept. 2.

According to her curriculum vitae, many of Roux’s studies, publications and grant research have been on the topic of women and pregnancy health.

“UND’s College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines and its talented, committed faculty and staff are continuing its mission to provide high-quality, innovative interprofessional education, research, and service to our state,” Provost Thomas DiLorenzo said in a news release. “Dr. Roux will provide the leadership, experience and research focus to help move the College forward to a bright future.”

Until last month, Roux served as an interim dean of the College of Nursing at Texas Women’s University in Denton.

Under the former dean Korniewicz, faculty members had complained of a “climate of fear, intimidation and retaliation.”

She defended herself in a letter to the Herald last month in which she cited incidents of faculty and staff using inappropriate language, the intimidation of junior non-tenured faculty, and outdated teaching methods before her appointment as dean.

She also wrote that most of the school’s problems stemmed from inconsistent leadership with seven deans in nine years.

Anna Burleson

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