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Dr. Nicole Pennington

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Pennington named dean of Southern Campus


Ohio University's Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Executive Dean Bill Willan are pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Pennington as dean of the Ohio University Southern Campus effective July 1, 2014.

She joined Ohio University in 2006 and is currently the associate director and associate professor of nursing. She earned her doctorate from Chatham University and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama. She holds certifications from the National Board of Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) and National Certification Corporation (NCC) for the Maternal-NB.

Pennington has been the recipient of numerous awards both as an educator and as a nurse. Identified as one of the “Top 20 Nursing Professors in Ohio” by onlineschoolsohio.com, She also was selected as a 2012 Outstanding Professor by Ohio University’s Office of Regional Higher Education. A recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award for Children’s Health Initiatives in 2007 among other awards, she has numerous publications in the areas of children’s health and nursing education. Her article in the Journal of School Nursing on the hazards of energy drinks drew both regional and national media attention.

Pennington follows in the footsteps of Bill Willan, who served the Southern Campus for five years, and Dan Evans who has served the Southern Campus and the regional system of Ohio University for more than 13 years in numerous roles, including as dean of the Southern Campus, executive dean for Regional Higher Education and vice provost for eLearning OHIO and Strategic Initiatives.  

Evans agreed to return to Ohio University Southern on July 1, 2013, while the campus searched for a permanent dean. “Dan Evans has been a leader in Ohio higher education for many years,” said Willan. “A Lawrence County native, he is a caring educator and innovator who has helped the Southern Campus faculty and staff adjust to the changing landscape of higher education. I am deeply grateful for his agreement to lead the campus during the search process.”