BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jean K. Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the
University at Buffalo School of Nursing, announced today that she
will step down from deanship in August 2011 after nearly six years
at the helm of the school.
David L. Dunn, MD, PhD, UB vice president for health sciences,
said a national search will be conducted to identify Brown's
successor, with the goal of having a new dean in place to start the
2011-12 academic year.
Brown was appointed the school's acting dean in November 2005
during a medical leave that preceded the death of Mecca Cranley,
PhD, the school's longest serving dean, in November 2006. Brown
served as interim dean from 2006-08, and was appointed dean of the
nursing school in 2008.
Praising Brown's many accomplishments as dean, Dunn said,
"During her tenure, Dean Brown worked assiduously with the faculty
to create a robust strategic plan, which significantly enhanced the
school's scholarship, research and teaching missions, as well as
faculty mentoring and development. The next dean will be grateful
to have such a stable platform upon which to build.
"Under Jean's leadership, the school undertook a rigorous
self-study program and received exceedingly high marks and the
maximal 10-year reaccreditation," continued Dunn. "She also guided
the successful reaccreditation of the school's Nurse Anesthetist
Program. She was instrumental in creating a unique simulated
learning environment within the school, now closely aligned with
the UB Academic Health Center's multidisciplinary simulation
Reflecting on her years in the UB nursing school, Brown said,
"It has been very rewarding to facilitate our school's strategic
accomplishments and to be an advocate for the school within UB,
with our alumni and with our community partners. It has been a
privilege to be a part of the senior leadership team under UB
President John Simpson's visionary leadership."
Brown said she is most proud of having facilitated a
faculty-created mission, vision and strategic plan for the nursing
school and making substantial progress on that plan, especially:
Among the accomplishments she cited in particular were the
recruitment exceptional leaders, utilizing an innovative matrix
organization of tenure and clinical track faculty to advance both
education and scholarship missions, moving the school to the newly
renovated Wende and Beck Halls on UB's South Campus, achieving full
10-year national accreditation with no compliance concerns, forging
new community partnerships, and developing and obtaining approval
of a Doctor of Nursing Practice program for the preparation of
advance practice nurses.
"We've been very fortunate to have an individual of Jean's
expertise and experience on UB's senior leadership team," said UB
President John B. Simpson. "I've greatly valued the thoughtful and
strategic approach she has brought to her leadership -- of the
nursing school in particular and as part of broader institutional
planning efforts through UB 2020."
UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi said Brown "truly exemplifies how
a dean can be an academic leader, mentor, educator, researcher and
"Through Dean Brown's leadership, UB's education, research and
service missions have come to life within and beyond the School of
Nursing," Tripathi added. "We thank Jean for her service to our
university, for her commitment to providing our students with an
outstanding education and for nurturing a culture of excellence for
our students, faculty and staff."
Nursing will always be a discipline critical to the needs of
society in the U.S. and around the world, Brown noted. "Nurses are
the largest segment of the health provider workforce and are
absolutely essential to excellent quality health care.
"We care for individuals, families and communities, using a
holistic approach that focuses on the physical, psychological,
social and spiritual issues related to health promotion, disease
prevention, illness and end of life. We work to achieve the optimal
quality of life within given circumstances. Nurses are highly
trusted professionals in the U.S. and internationally."
Brown earned a nursing diploma from the Fairview Hospital School
of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn., and completed bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degrees and two years of postdoctoral study
at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.
She held several positions at her alma mater before coming to UB
in 1993 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate
professor of nursing at UB in 1999, was named associate dean for
academic affairs in 2002 and earned full professorship in 2005.
Brown holds adjunct professorships in exercise and nutrition
sciences and rehabilitation science in the UB School of Public
Health and Health Professions, as well as at Roswell Park Cancer
A specialist in nursing oncology with a special interest in
nutrition-related cancer symptom management, Brown is author or
co-author of 50 papers in refereed journals. She also has written
six book chapters on aspects of cancer nursing and has lectured
Brown was co-chair of the State University of New York Nursing
Education Task Force. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing,
she was co-recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society's Publishing
Division Oncology Nursing Forum 2005 Quality of Life Award at its
31st Annual Congress in 2006 for her paper, "Quality of life and
meaning of illness of women with lung cancer." In 2007 Brown
received the Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing
Mentorship Award sponsored by the Oncology Nursing Society
She received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in
Teaching in 2004 and the Sustained Achievement Award from UB in
2003. From the UB nursing school she received the Dean's Excellence
in Teaching Award in 2001, and in 2007 was named a Distinguished