Interim chair named for School of Nursing

Nancy Valentine

Nancy Valentine, M.S.N., M.P.H., Ph.D. has been named interim chair of NIU’s School of Nursing.

Valentine brings extensive leadership experience to this role. Her previous positions include roles with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Main Line Health in Pennsylvania.

Her most recent position was associate dean for Practice, Policy and Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing’s Institute for Health Care Innovation.

A former health policy fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Valentine earned degrees in nursing (B.S.N. and M.S.N.), public health (M.P.H.) and economics/health policy (Ph.D.) from Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing/Wharton School of Finance, Harvard University School of Public Health and Brandeis University, Florence Heller School, respectively.

Valentine said she was attracted to working with the NIU faculty and students based on the school of nursing’s excellent reputation for educating top quality graduates. It’s a reputation she plans to advance.

“[As] interim chair, I know we can do a lot together this year to enhance the strong program in place and have the nursing community ready for a permanent chair next year. I look forward to becoming an active visiting member of the NIU community, which has been very welcoming,” Valentine said.

In naming Valentine to the role, College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Derryl Block said, “Dr. Valentine’s leadership experience in nursing, administration and health policy will be an important asset to our nursing programs.”

A search is underway for School of Nursing chair to fill the position after the resignation of NIU School of Nursing Chair Jan Strom in June.

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