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Interim President, Georgia Southern University

Bartels_Jean-400x600Dr. Jean E. Bartels was selected to serve as the interim president of Georgia Southern University following the departure of Dr. Brooks Keel as the new president of Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Bartels was appointed to the position by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, and assumed her new duties on July 20, 2015.

Prior to this role, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Southern for three years. Bartels joined the University in 1999 as chair of the School of Nursing and Professor of Nursing, positions she held for 11 years until her appointment to dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Before arriving at Georgia Southern, the nursing educator held the position of chair of the Division of Nursing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for several years practiced as a critical care nurse in the intensive care unit at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee.

A native of Wisconsin, Bartels has completed every level of nursing education beginning with the diploma in nursing, which she earned from Columbia Hospital School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, a Master of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her health care career and research have focused on community-based nursing practice and education as well as the health care needs of individuals responding to chronic illnesses including those with acute neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory impairments. Dr. Bartels has presented her research at the American Association of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association and at various nursing discipline conferences.

In the classroom, she has taught theory and clinical practice in all areas of the nursing curriculum. In addition, she has written books, chapters, and articles on such topics as outcome measurement in nursing education, critical thinking in nursing, nursing education for the 21st century, service learning, community-based nursing education and cultural competence.

Bartels is a member of numerous professional and educational organizations including the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the Southeastern Nursing Research Society and the American Educational Research Association. She is a past president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), an organization that is the national voice for more than 750 schools of nursing at public and private universities across the country. She is a recipient of the AACN’s highest honor, the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award, which is given to individuals who make significant contributions in advancing nursing education and practice. She also has served as the president of the board for the Ogeechee Area Hospice, Inc.

Last updated: 7/20/2015

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