Indiana University Fort Wayne has named Dr. Kathleen Williamson associate dean and professor of the Indiana University School of Nursing Fort Wayne. This is a critical leadership position for the university and the School of Nursing given their mission to educate highly qualified health professionals through exceptional and inclusive educational opportunities. She leads the IU School of Nursing Fort Wayne and is responsible for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including the four-year traditional program and the 16-month accelerated program for those earning bachelor’s degrees in other fields.
Williamson has 18 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, coordinator, college administrator, and chief academic/nursing officer. She has provided oversight and leadership to direct, promote, and facilitate a culture that promotes student and faculty engagement and encourages collaborations with other health professionals. Williamson has also demonstrated a commitment to ensuring financial sustainability while ensuring strategic growth in enrollment and meeting workforce demands.
"Dr. Kathleen Williamson is an accomplished and visionary leader in the field of nursing, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will undoubtedly enrich the educational experience of our students," said Dr. Robin Newhouse, dean of the IU School of Nursing. "We're thrilled to welcome her to IU School of Nursing and the Fort Wayne community."
“I look forward to working with Dr. Williamson as she leads the IU Fort Wayne School of Nursing forward. She has a strong record of research on the use of evidence, both in practice and in education, and is dedicated to educating new nurses through innovative approaches to the classroom and clinical experiences,” said Inaugural Vice Chancellor and Dean of IU Fort Wayne, Dr. Deborah Garrison. “Her focus on engaged leadership is key to fostering a vibrant culture of inclusion and excellence and building our legacy of excellence in nursing education.”
Williamson began her tenure on Aug. 1, and she looks forward to engaging with students as the fall semester begins on Aug. 21.
She shared her enthusiasm for this new leadership role, saying, “I was drawn to this role by the strong reputation of Indiana University and the opportunity to make an impact through my work with the School of Nursing. I’m thrilled to join the IU School of Nursing Fort Wayne faculty and know that our healthcare mission is critical to the success and growth of the community.”