Lee Appoints Director To Lead Nursing Initiative

Friday, August 30, 2013


Lee University vice president Debbie Murray announced a major move in Lee's development of a nursing program:  the appointment of a new director, Dr. Sara Campbell. Dr. Campbell joined the Lee faculty this month as director of the forthcoming nursing program and a professor of nursing.

Dr. Campbell comes to Lee from the University of South Carolina Aiken where she was professor of nursing and the chief academic officer in the School of Nursing. Prior to that, she was the principal investigator for the Teaching Nursing Home project with Illinois State University-Mennonite College of Nursing. She also served there as interim dean, associate dean, interim director of the undergraduate program and coordinator for student development.

“We were very fortunate to get someone with Dr. Campbell’s experience to lead our new program,” commented Carolyn Dirksen, chairwoman of Lee’s Nursing Task Force.  “Her academic preparation and clinical experience are exemplary, but she also brings a personal perspective which is just what we were looking for. We believe she is the perfect person to craft our curriculum and select our faculty and students.”

Dr. Campbell will direct Lee’s nursing program which is projected to begin in the fall of 2014. Lee plans to offer a bachelor of science in nursing to include a twelve-to-eighteen-month track for registered nurses (RN) to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The nursing school plans to admit 60 news students each year: 40 for the BSN and 20 for the RN to BSN track. The school plans to have 240 students and seven full-time faculty members by 2018.

The unanimous approval earned before a 10-member board of nursing in Nashville, for Lee’s Letter of Intent to begin a nursing program, allowed Lee to move to the next step, hiring a director to develop a proposal for Initial Approval. Dr. Campbell will develop that proposal and recruit additional faculty.

Dr. Campbell has certification in Faith Community Nursing from Western Kentucky University, Nursing Education from Drexel University and Advanced Board Certified Nursing Administration, and is pursuing certification in Spiritual Formation from Lincoln Christian University.  She also recently served as dean representative in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

She earned her PhD at Indiana University, an MS at Illinois State University and her BS at Mennonite College of Nursing. 


Georgia Northwestern To Give Free GED Practice Tests

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is giving away free GED practice tests from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area. Students who take the GED Ready test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED test, if they have skills they need to pass the ... (click for more)

Brookwood School Named Highest-Performing School For 3rd Year

Brookwood School in Dalton has been named a Title I Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education for the third year. The school again was recognized as a Highest-Performing School that ranks it among the five percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. Only 80 ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)