Carty To Step Down as CNHS Dean

Posted: September 20, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

When Rita Carty steps down as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS) at the end of this academic year, she leaves her mark in the annals of George Mason as the longest seated dean and first dean of nursing.


Carty joined the Department of Nursing in 1978 as an associate professor and assumed the role of department chair in 1981. When the department expanded into the School of Nursing in 1985, she was named dean. In 1993, Carty led the reorganization of the school to complement the nursing program with an undergraduate program in health science and a graduate program in health systems management, forming CNHS.

But Carty isn’t finished yet. Ranking her work in the international health care arena among her most satisfying accomplishments, she plans to concentrate her efforts on global projects. Carty serves as secretary-general of the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development and is actively involved in other World Health Organization initiatives. She also directs a five-year, $1.8 million-dollar program to prepare Saudi Arabian students for new or advanced careers in health care.

Reflecting on the growth of the college, Carty says, “I am most pleased with our health services research and the extensive research data that is the basis of health policy decision making. We’re beginning to see the positive outcome of our work — nationally and internationally — while realizing our potential in the health policy arena and linking our research base to our doctoral program.”

A national search is under way for a new CNHS dean. Kingsley Haynes, dean of the School of Public Policy, chairs the search committee. He expects to begin interviews in November and name Carty’s successor early next year.

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