Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Selects Dean
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Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Selects Dean

Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., was chosen to help expand the vision of the El Paso nursing school.

Written by Beth Phillips

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, was named founding dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.

“To Dr. Novotny, we extend a warm welcome to our university. We have an exciting year ahead of us with much work to be done,” said President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

Novotny is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, has served on several boards and professional committees and has authored or co-authored many books and articles. She continues to play an active role on the national and international levels with a number of successful consultations and special projects dealing with a wide range of issues from mentoring, program development/improvement to promoting excellence in health care delivery and professional education.

“We are excited to draw such a nationally recognized leader to our new school,” said Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., vice president for health affairs, TTUHSC at El Paso. “Dr. Novotny is well respected in nursing and has an extensive record mentoring young faculty. She will expand our vision of nursing roles in our community.”

Novotny earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University and her doctorate from Kent State University. She began her career as an assistant professor at Kent State University and served in various administrative and academic positions at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and Case Western Reserve University.

From 2001 to 2011, Novotny served as dean and professor of the School of Nursing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. In this role, she led the school through successful reviews and accreditation visits from the Connecticut Board of Nurse Examiners, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (undergraduate and graduate), the Council on Nurse Anesthesia, and the North Eastern Accreditation of Schools and Colleges.

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Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing

The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing is located in El Paso.

The Hunt Family Foundation donated a $10 million gift to the Texas Tech University System. The donation was used to develop the autonomous, fully-accredited Hunt School of Nursing on the Texas/Mexico border.

The school admitted its first class of Traditional BSN students in fall 2011, followed by a class of Second Degree BSN students in spring 2012. Administrators anticipate the school will grow to 300 students in five years to counteract the long-term nursing shortage in the medically underserved El Paso region.