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Zoeller leads Bronson School of Nursing

Sept. 30, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A longtime health education professional with nearly 40 year's experience in the field has been named the new director of Western Michigan University's Bronson School of Nursing.

Dr. Linda Zoeller assumed her post on the WMU faculty and as head at the nursing school, housed within the College of Health and Human Services, on July 1. Members of the campus community met her at a welcoming reception held in her honor Sept. 16.

The nursing school's new leader brings a wealth of experience to her new role, including more than 37 years of experience in nursing and more than 25 years as a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Prior to joining WMU, she served as chair of the Saint Mary's College Department of Nursing in Notre Dame, Ind., where she also chaired the most recent accreditation self-study report for nursing and coordinated the college-wide Australia Study Abroad Program.

Her previous administrative experience includes coordinating family nurse practitioner programs at Purdue University Calumet and the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as an appointment as associate department head at the UIC College of Nursing. She also served on the nursing faculties of Indiana University South Bend and Rutgers University.

Zoeller's efforts have included an annual collaborative project with the Minority Health Coalition and Saint Mary's College and a grant to analyze fetal and infant mortality data in St. Joseph County, Ind. She also served as an investigator on a five-year National Institute of Nursing Research grant to study how families with chronically ill children define and manage their situation. Her other interests include educating health professionals for evidence-based practice and the use of simulation in education and service learning. She has many publications and presentations to her credit on those topics and others.

Zoeller received her doctorate from UIC, with a major focus in health policy and administration and a minor in nursing sciences. She earned her bachelor's in nursing and master's in public health from the University of Michigan and a post-master's certificate in primary care nursing from the University of Colorado.

Established as a unit of College of Health and Human Services in 1994, the Bronson School of Nursing has offered a four-year baccalaureate degree since 1995 and produced 800 graduates from that program. Since 2006, a master of science in nursing with studies in the areas of nurse educators and nurse leaders/managers has been offered. Nursing school programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation.

For more information, visit www.wmich.edu/hhs/nursing.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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