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GGC hires dean for school of health sciences

Georgia Gwinnett College has hired Diane E. White as dean of its new School of Health Sciences. The school will be housed in the college's recently approved $25 million Allied Health and Sciences building, scheduled for completion in 2014.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. White to the GGC leadership team," said Daniel J. Kaufman, president. "Her experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as the college plans the degree programs that will be offered by the School of Health Sciences. First and foremost, her responsibilities include developing a bachelor of nursing program, and applying for its approval through the Georgia Board of Nursing."

Georgia Gwinnett previously received approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to develop a nursing program.

"Unlike other majors, a nursing program requires additional review and oversight," White said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to design a bachelor's degree nursing program from scratch, and work with the Georgia Board of Nursing to obtain the appropriate certification before we accept students into the program. I know that the Gwinnett community is very supportive of GGC's plans to offer nursing, and we hope to accept students into the major as soon as the fall of 2014."

White received her master's degree in nursing in 1993 and her doctorate in nursing in 2005, both from Georgia State University.

She comes to Georgia Gwinnett from Georgia Perimeter College, where she has served as dean of Health Sciences since 2009. In that position, she oversaw programs in nursing, dental hygiene and six collaborative programs with Georgia Health Sciences University, the DeKalb Medical Center Radiology Technology Program and the Grady Health Systems School of Radiology. She was responsible for strategic planning and the development of new degree and non-degree programs.

Before her service as dean, White was Georgia Perimeter's department chair of nursing for three years. She managed 23 full-time faculty, 40 part-time instructors and several staff members in serving 300 students.

White has taught nursing courses at Georgia Perimeter since 2007, and for the previous 10 years at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Macon.