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UND nursing dean to step down

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There will be yet another dean's position to fill at UND later this year after the head of the university's nursing school departs.

Gayle Roux, dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, has announced her intention to step down as of Dec. 31, 2018, citing personal and family reasons. The announcement was made Wednesday on the school's University Letter, which is a newsletter for UND faculty and staff.

Roux will remain on faculty part-time for distance and online learning and will work with the provost and others with the transition.

"UND has a long tradition and strong reputation in nursing, medicine, health sciences and social services," Roux said in a statement. "It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to serve as dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines surrounded by a talented interprofessional team. UND will continue to be a leader in improving health outcomes and extending access of care in rural regions."

Tom DiLorenzo, provost and vice president for academic affairs, wished Roux "all the best" as she prepares to step down.

"Gayle has done a terrific job for UND both as a faculty member and as dean and will be sorely missed," DiLorenzo said in a statement.

Roux took her role in 2014. She replaced Denise Korniewicz, who held the position for about two years before being reassigned as the dean of research.

Roux previously served as a professor and interim dean of the College of Nursing for two years at the Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas, before assuming her responsibilities at UND.

UND is in the process of hiring deans at the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a dean for the law school, Meloney Linder, vice president for marketing and communications, confirmed Wednesday.

Debbie Storrs stepped down as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences this summer to take on the senior vice provost role. Brad Rundquist, UND professor and associate dean of Geography, was appointed interim dean of the college in August.

Brady Myers was tapped to serve as interim dean of the law school this spring. Kathryn Rand, who had been in the position since 2009, stepped down from the role to return to teaching.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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