P.J. Maddox Appointed CNHS Acting Dean

Posted: August 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Peggy Jo (“P.J.”) Maddox has been named acting dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS). She replaces George Mason’s longest seated dean and the first dean of nursing, Rita Carty, who returned to the CNHS faculty to continue her work in the international arena. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve in this role,” says Maddox. “With my experience in executive management in a wide variety of health service and research organizations, moving into a leadership position in academia is a natural evolution in my professional career.”

Prior to this appointment, Maddox was assistant dean for graduate health sciences programs and director of the Office of Research in the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics. She came to the university in 1995 from the National Institutes of Health, where she was a member of the executive management team of its research hospital in Bethesda and had served as deputy director for nursing and service chief for several of the institutes.

“The college is a gold mine of intellectual talent,” Maddox says. She plans to continue the many new and innovative academic programs that were begun under Carty’s leadership. “A key priority for CNHS is expanding its educational programs to contribute to workforce development in this region, particularly as the nation faces a severe and unprecedented shortage of nurses,” she explains. Another area of focus is the development and expansion of the college’s research and scholarship endeavors.

Jeffrey Gorrell, dean of the Graduate School of Education, chairs the CNHS dean search committee. “It is a national search, and we expect to attract strong candidates for this important position,” he says. On-campus interviews for the position will likely begin in January.

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