Rita Carty Named CNHS Dean Emerita

Posted: October 31, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jessica Johnson

October has been a big month for Rita Carty, College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS). First, she was named dean emerita of CNHS. “The title,” says Provost Peter Stearns, “recognizes the long and devoted service Dr. Carty dedicated to the college, on her retirement as dean.”

Carty was the longest-seated dean at George Mason; she 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.

Also this month, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) named her President Emerita and lifetime honorary member, as well as the 2002 recipient of the Sister Bernadette Arminger Award. Each past president of the AACN has been awarded emerita status, and though AACN awards the Arminger award biannually, there have only been a handful of recipients in its history.

Carty was a natural choice, according to AACN President Kathleen Ann Long, and was chosen for her significant contributions to the AACN, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession. Carty’s 32-year career in nursing education and high profile as an AACN supporter–having served as president and on the Board of Directors, and as AACN’s official representative to national advisory panels–has “raised AACN’s profile and expanded its sphere of influence,” says Long.

Carty now concentrates her efforts in the international arena, concurrently meeting the call of President Alan Merten to increase George Mason’s visibility overseas. She is scheduled to visit Australia and Thailand soon.

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