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UPIKE names new dean for Elliott School of Nursing

June 30, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
On behalf of the University of Pikeville, President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., and Provost Lori Werth, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Karen Damron, Ph.D., as the dean of the Elliott School of Nursing.

Damron currently serves as associate professor of nursing at UPIKE and will assume the leadership position in July. Damron was raised in El Paso, Texas, moving to Pikeville in 1993, and has taught full-time at the university since 1998. Prior to becoming an educator, Damron worked full-time as an RN in obstetrics and neonatal intensive care in hospitals in Texas and Maine.

“Dr. Damron’s commitment to students, passion for UPIKE, experience in the community and enthusiasm for the position is evident,” said Werth. “As an academic dean within the Elliott School of Nursing, she will have a significant impact on student success and faculty development.”

Damron earned her doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of Kentucky. She holds a master of science degree in nursing from Bellarmine University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2010, Damron was appointed by the Mellon Foundations as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. She earned UPIKE’s William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and was awarded a pre-doctoral faculty fellowship by the Appalachian College Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her research interests include perinatal smoking and factors that impact a woman’s smoking status in pregnancy.

She and her husband, Larry, reside in Pikeville and have four sons, the youngest of whom is a sophomore at Pikeville High School, and three grandchildren.

The Elliott School of Nursing at the University of Pikeville offers an associate degree in nursing, an LPN-RN program and an RN-BSN program that will be fully online beginning this fall. Click HERE to learn more about the Elliott School of Nursing.

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