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Holden-Huchton named dean of TWU’s College of Nursing
Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton has been named dean of the College
of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Holden-Huchton
previously served as the interim dean of nursing and as the
associate dean of nursing for the TWU’s Denton Campus.
She began her duties on April 1.
“I am both
honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in this
leadership position,” Dr. Holden-Huchton, RN, DSN, CNE,
said. “The College of Nursing has a national reputation
for excellence in its bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.
and the new doctorate of nurse practice program. The exceptional
faculty are dedicated to teaching, service and research of
the highest quality, and our students are outstanding.”
grew up in Odessa and received her bachelor of science in
nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, her master’s
in nursing from TWU and her doctorate from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham.
Prior to joining
TWU in 2005, Dr. Holden-Huchton held academic leadership positions
in Kentucky and Nevada and has been a registered nurse for
more than 30 years. She has held several leadership positions
within a variety of community agencies throughout her career.
She was president of the board of directors of Hospice of
the Kentucky River, a commissioner of the National League
for Nursing and a member of the board of directors of an HIV
Certification Board. She also has held positions in chapters
of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Kentucky Nurses’
Association and the Texas Nurses’ Association. Her funded
research has been in the area of HIV. She is author or co-author
of numerous publications and has made several presentations
on topics related to nursing.
With more than
13,000 alumni and more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate
students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU has the largest
college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than
any other program in the state. According to the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing, TWU’s College of
Nursing is the 11th largest in the U.S., and the TWU nursing
doctoral program is the largest in the country. For more information,
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