Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
I am pleased to announce that the board of trustees today approved my
recommendation that Dr. Martha Hill, a member of the faculty for 22
years, be appointed dean of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Hill, who has served as interim dean during this academic year, will
officially take office July 1. After a nationwide search, she emerged as
the clear choice of the search committee.
Dr. Hill, who serves as director of the school's Center for Nursing
Research, has been an extraordinary citizen of the school and the
university, and a national leader in the effort to understand and
eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In 1997-1998,
she was the first non-physician president of the American Heart Association.
At Johns Hopkins, she chaired the university-wide Committee for the 21st Century and co-chaired the Urban Health Council, the joint
Hopkins-community panel that laid the groundwork for establishment of
the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. In addition to the School of
Nursing, she holds faculty appointments in both the School of Medicine
and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
No one is more committed than Martha to the establishment of close
collaborative relationships among those three divisions and The Johns
Hopkins Hospital. No one is better situated than she to ensure that
faculty, staff and students in the School of Nursing have the resources -- financial and otherwise -- to maintain the school's momentum. No one is
better suited to help the school secure its place as one of the very
finest in educating nursing leaders, conducting essential research and
advancing the practice of nursing worldwide.
Dr. Hill graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in
1964 and earned her bachelor's degree in 1966 from what is now the
School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. She received a master's in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and a doctorate in behavioral sciences in 1986 from what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the university faculty in 1980, and soon thereafter was one of the first appointments to the faculty when the School of Nursing was established as an independent division of the university.
There will be more about Martha in Monday's edition of the Gazette,
which will be available online at <http://www.jhu.edu/~gazette/>. She is
superbly qualified for this position. I know you join me in welcoming
her to this new and exciting challenge.
William R. Brody