Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ÔAnything But SleepyŐ: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama GovernorŐs School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

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Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has
Always Attracted New Dean

Dr. Nena Sanders, Samford's new nursing dean, has 27 years of experience as a staff nurse, professor and administrator. It's almost equally divided between practical and academic experience.

She taught for 11 years before leaving academe to head a health-care consulting company. It was that experience that may have nudged;her back in the direction of the classroom two years ago.

"When I was consulting, I found myself teaching constantly, retooling people for different roles," she said, an experience she continued to find rewarding. "I felt that if I could touch 30 lives, they in turn would touch 10 lives, and so on. It becomes a pyramid effect."

As a result, when she had a chance to return to teaching in 1999, she did so, joining the faculty of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing as professor and coordinator of the graduate Nurse Executive and Management tracks.

Sanders succeeds Dr. Marian Baur as dean Aug. 1. She brings not only an appreciation for Moffett's strong tradition and heritage but also a clear idea of where the school should go in the future.

"Preparing students for the constantly changing needs of health care is the highest priority," she said, but making Moffett the preeminent faith-based nursing school in the country is also high on her list of goals.

Nena Sanders moves into deanship of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing

Samford's mission and nursing school programs in parish nursing and congregational health fit well with such an aspiration, as do such Moffett programs as a health-care project for migrant workers on Chandler Mountain in St. Clair County.

The new dean recognizes that preparing nurses for a new, constantly changing health-care paradigm will require "creatively generating new resources such as grants, traineeships and endowments," she said.

As a member of a variety of review boards for grants in the nursing profession, she has wide experience in grant writing and grant administration.

Sanders served on the nursing faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1983 until 1994. From 1994 until 2000, she was president and chief executive officer of Strategic Dynamics, Inc., the consulting firm.

Trained as a cardiovascular-Zlinical nurse specialist, she was a critical-care clinical specialist at South Highlands Hospital in Birmingham during 1979–80 and on the nursing staff at Brookwood Medical Center during 1975-78.

She holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral nursing degrees from UAB.