New Dean Named to Lead Health Professions
OGDEN, Utah – Shelley Conroy has been named the new dean of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University.
Her appointment, effective August 1, was unanimously approved by WSU’s Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting held today. The announcement concludes a nationwide search conducted by the university.
Conroy, who is currently the Dean for Professional and Technical Studies at John Tyler Community College in Virginia, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience as a faculty member, academic leader and clinical healthcare practitioner. Her background includes two terms on the Virginia Board of Nursing, including service as vice president and president of the board. She has served on and chaired numerous committees focusing on nursing education and evaluation.
“Dr. Conroy’s experience and knowledge will provide strong leadership for the college at a time when the local and regional demand is so great for well-trained, quality healthcare professionals,” said WSU President F. Ann Millner.
Conroy says the college is “strategically positioned to address the nation’s acute shortage of trained healthcare professionals.” She praises the college’s online course offerings and career-ladder approach to education and training as examples of flexible options that make it easier for health professionals to retool and learn new skills.
She says the college’s programs are further enhanced by the school’s faculty. “I’m so impressed by the hard-working, dedicated faculty,” she said. “I want to provide them with the academic leadership and support to help them achieve their goals and missions.” She also plans to draw on their expertise and knowledge to help her with strategic planning, such as identifying areas in need of additional resources.
She’s already identified a strength of the college that she wants to ensure continues.
“It’s important we continue to forge and maintain close relationships with the community, alumni and local healthcare providers,” Conroy said. She plans to spend time getting to know the college’s community partners and learning about their needs while assuring them WSU will continue to produce outstanding, well-trained health professionals.
When Conroy tried to summarize her feelings about leading the college, one word came to mind. “I’m thrilled,” she said.
Conroy has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate from the University of Central Florida.