Georgia Gwinnett College has hired Dr. Diane E. White as charter dean of its new School of Health Sciences. The school will be housed in the college’s recently approved $25 million Allied Health and Sciences building, scheduled for completion in 2014.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. White to the GGC leadership team,” said Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, president. “Her experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as the college plans the degree programs that will be offered by the School of Health Sciences. First and foremost, her responsibilities include developing a bachelor of science in nursing program, and applying for its approval through the Georgia Board of Nursing.”
Georgia Gwinnett previously received approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to develop a nursing program.
“There is an increased need for baccalaureate prepared nurses and GGC is poised to meet the need with its fine academic reputation," White said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to design a bachelor’s degree nursing program from the beginning, and work with the Georgia Board of Nursing and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in providing a rigorous program coupled with student engagement and excellent outcomes. I know that the Gwinnett community is very supportive of GGC’s plans to offer nursing, and we hope to accept students into the major as soon as the fall of 2014.”
White received her master’s degree in nursing in 1993 and her doctorate in nursing in 2005, both from Georgia State University.
She comes to Georgia Gwinnett from Georgia Perimeter College, where she has served as dean of Health Sciences since 2009. In that position, she oversaw programs in nursing, dental hygiene and six collaborative programs with Georgia Health Sciences University, the DeKalb Medical Center Radiology Technology Program and the Grady Health Systems School of Radiology. She was responsible for strategic planning and the development of new degree and non-degree programs.
Before her service as dean, White was Georgia Perimeter’s department chair of nursing for three years. She led the program in achieving over 85 percent retention rates, while growing the program to over 300 students with NLCEX rates over 98 percent.
White has taught nursing courses at Georgia Perimeter since 2007, and for the previous 10 years at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University on the Atlanta campus.
White has an extensive record of service, and scholarship which includes national and state presentations, multiple funded grants, and service on state nursing coalitions and health care committees. She maintains her critical care registered nurse certification.