Emory Report

May 3, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 30

Salmon, Greene take the helm at School of Nursing, Oxford

As previously reported, Emory doctoral graduate Dana Greene, now associate vice provost for faculty affairs at Maryland's St. Mary's College, has been appointed dean and chief executive officer of Oxford College. Greene was selected after a national search conducted by committee members Bill Cody, Michael Rogers, Ina Jane Wundrum, Steven Baker, Lucas Carpenter, Penelope England, John Bostwick, Jennifer Taylor and Harriet King.

A historian by training, Greene has focused on women's history and written books on Evelyn Underhill, Olympia Brown, Lucretia Mott and, most recently, Catholic publisher and activist Maisie Ward. As associate provost, she focused on faculty development and evaluation, curriculum and student learning, and institutional development. Greene spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica and has traveled widely as well in her work in education.

"President Chace and I are very pleased that Dr. Greene accepted our offer to be the dean and CEO of Oxford College. She has a wonderful understanding of teaching, the special role of the first two years of an undergraduate education, and the need for a rich environment for teaching and learning," said Provost Rebecca Chopp. "Dr. Greene has many connections to Emory and will be able to continue Dean Murdy's excellent work at building bridges between Oxford and other schools."

Of her immediate plans for Oxford, Greene told the Rockdale Citizen in an interview last month, "Really, the future of an institution comes out of its past and its present. It's very much a community decision. The way I have to proceed is to understand the past and present of Oxford College and, with others, find the direction it's going. I'm not coming in with a vision I'm going to impose.

"It's the best of both worlds," Greene said of Oxford. "It's a small community, where you can really affect people's lives, but with the full support of a major research university."

Marla Salmon has been named associate vice president for nursing science and CEO of the School of Nursing. Salmon has had a varied career, most recently as professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. She also served for six years as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Nursing while on leave from her position as professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. While at DHHS, Salmon was a member of first lady Hillary Clinton's task force on health care in 1993. She was a Fulbright Scholar, studying German national health insurance and public health at the University of Cologne.

"Marla Salmon is a gifted leader who arrives at an important time in the nursing school's history, as it begins offering a doctoral degree program and prepares to move into a new building suitable to its ambitious strategic plan," said Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs. "Her background and internationally recognized expertise will enhance the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's growing movement toward interdisciplinary collaboration in research, education and clinical practice."

"Dr. Salmon's experience in and commitment to internationalization fits with our plan to 'internationalize Emory," said Chopp. "Her involvement in public health and in issues ranging from adolescence to aging, and from health care reform to values and ethics in public life, will help her build bridges from the nursing school to other schools in the University," Chopp added.

"The values of discovery, teaching and service all within a broader framework of social responsibility are ones that mean a great deal to me personally and professionally," Salmon said, adding that she is "particularly impressed" with Emory students. "Clearly they are among the best in the nation. It's exciting to be joining a place where tomorrow's leaders are a part of one's daily life."

The nursing dean search committee consisted of Jim Curran, Carlos Del Rio, Don Stein, Lynn Lotus, Kathy Parker, Alice Vautier, Sandra Dunbar, Harriet King and David Blake.

Salmon will take over leadership of the School of Nursing from interim dean Margaret Parsons on June 1.

--Stacey Jones

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