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Dr. Anne R. Bavier Named New Dean Of School Of Nursing

Coming to Saint Xavier from Atlanta’s Emory University, Bavier—a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing—to bring ‘leadership and vision’ to her new role

CHICAGO (July 20, 2004) – Saint Xavier University appointed Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, as its new dean for the School of Nursing. Bavier will replace Mary Lebold, RN, EdD, who retired after 44 years at Saint Xavier, including 13 as the nursing school’s dean.

Dr. Bavier comes to Saint Xavier University after working since 1997 at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. During the past five years, Dr. Bavier held the post of Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations and then for Planning and External Relations of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. , In those roles, Dr. Bavier engaged in strategic planning, worked with government organizations and planned and implemented areas of strategic development, including oncology nursing. She also represented the school on Emory’s Health Policy Advisory Committee, preparing executive briefings on critical nursing issues. For her work, she received Emory University’s Award of Distinction, the highest honor given to university staff.

Dr. Bavier said she was drawn to Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing for its emphasis on Mercy values. “Probably the thing that drew me here was the ethical context in which the School of Nursing operates, where caring is a high-level priority,” she said. “As nurses, we must learn the practice and administration aspects of our field, yet we must maintain a sense of the ethics and moral values that ultimately must guide us.”

She also arrives at a critical time for the nursing profession, as a national nursing shortage requires more and more capable nurses and leaders.

“There are tremendous opportunities for nursing leadership today and the shortage is not just one of the laying on of hands, but also one for nurses who can think critically, articulate the needs of patients for nursing, and act ethically,” she said.

Dr. Bavier’s work has provided her with a combination of experiences that she will draw upon as she begins her role as Dean of Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing. “With her creativity and passion for bringing innovative ideas to fruition, Dr. Bavier has advanced the profession of nursing and demonstrated leadership and vision throughout her career,” said Saint Xavier President Dr. Judith A. Dwyer. “She comes to Saint Xavier at a pivotal moment, as we guide the university’s direction for the future. I know she will bring our School of Nursing to an even greater level of excellence and distinction.”

Dr. Bavier’s previous accomplishments are myriad. At the Yale University School of Nursing, Dr. Bavier formulated and implemented a unique cancer nursing masters curriculum and was coordinator of the cancer nursing program. Serving as assistant dean for development and alumni relations at Emory University’s nursing school, Dr. Bavier was instrumental in bringing in $10 million and the production of numerous School and University publications. She also was consistently engaged in alumni affairs, implementation of the strategic planning process, and developing School reports for the University.

Prior to her work at Emory, Dr. Bavier spent 12 years in the federal government, most recently serving as deputy director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health. There, she led development of the research enhancement awards program for the National Institutes of Health and of a national traveling science museum exhibit devoted to women’s health. For her work, she received the Director’s Award, the NIH’s highest honor. Prior to that, she created the role of women’s health coordinator at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ) and received that agency’s highest honor for her innovative work with small businesses.

Dr. Bavier’s other awards include the 1977 Edith Moore Copeland Award for Creativity from Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing; a 1985 Distinguished Alumna Award from Duke University’s School of Nursing; Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; a 1992 Chief Nurse Officer’s Award from the United States Public Health Service. She also is a fellow of the elite American Academy of Nursing. Of more than 2.5 million registered nurses nationwide, only about 1,700 are AAN fellows. A leader in her field, Dr. Bavier also has published numerous articles and chapters.

Dr. Bavier said she looks forward to upholding the strong legacy attributed to Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing.

“What I’m known for doing is creating innovative programs and integrating them within a system of existing excellence,” Bavier said. “[Saint Xavier’s] legacy – from the School of Nursing’s perspective – is educating nurses who are competent, caring and critical thinkers who take their responsibility to society seriously. That is the exceptional legacy we’ve inherited and one I wish to continue.”

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