Dr. Kelly Phillips, a member of the UT College of Nursing faculty since 1993, has been named interim dean of the college.Phillips, associate professor and chair of the Department of Population and Community Care, and director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, will lead the college while a search is conducted for a permanent dean to replace Dr. Timothy Gaspar, who is stepping down after seven years as dean.
“As the nursing profession evolves to become more specialized, the UT College of Nursing has responded with a stronger focus on graduate education and research. I am grateful for Tim’s leadership in that effort,” Interim Provost and Executive Vice President John Barrett said. “Kelly’s expertise in advanced professional nursing education is critical in maintaining and elevating the college’s leadership position as we move forward.”
“It is my privilege to serve as interim dean of the College of Nursing,” Phillips said. “My priorities will be to lead the College of Nursing through accreditation and new curricular initiatives and to highlight the College of Nursing’s accomplishments.”
Phillips holds a PhD in higher education from UT, a master of science in nursing from the Medical College of Ohio, a bachelor of science in nursing from Franklin University in Columbus, and a diploma from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Sandusky.
She is certified as a clinical nurse leader and recently received national recognition from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for her contributions to clinical nurse leader education.