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6245-Debra Lee Appointed Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences

6245-January 6, 2012

Debra LeeMalone University Provost Donald Tucker, Ed.D., announces the appointment of Debra A. Lee, Ph.D., R.N., (pictured left) as the new Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Lee earned a diploma degree in nursing from Akron General Medical Center School of Nursing, a BSN from Malone University, and her Ph.D. at The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. The focus of her research was the role of relationships during chronic critical illness.

Lee has extensive nursing experience that includes critical care, rehabilitation, and research in acute care, outpatient, and academic settings. She has also served as an administrator. Lee joined the nursing faculty at Malone in 2007 as adjunct professor and became full time in 2009. She has taught in clinical settings and in the classroom across the curriculum for the BSN program. She has also taught Nursing Research and Math and Statistics courses in the RN-to-BSN program, and currently serves as an advisor to MSN students in the Research Project courses. She currently serves as the director of the BSN program, which has an enrollment of more than 250 students.

She has authored and co-authored several professional journal articles. Her most recent publication is titled "Adjunctive therapies for the chronically critically ill", in AACN's Advanced Critical Care. She has presented research findings at multiple national meetings. Her professional memberships include American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Lee and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and belong to Holy Family Parish in Stow, where she serves as the chair for the stewardship committee and as a cantor.

"The prospect for me is incredibly exciting...I could not have been offered a greater opportunity than exploring this leadership role," says Lee.

According to Tucker, "We are pleased that Debra has accepted this new challenge and are confident that she will seek to empower and guide her colleagues in the establishment of state-of-the-art curricula that prepare professionals to serve others while serving Christ faithfully. Students are sure to benefit from her leadership and vision for future growth and development of vibrant programs in the fields of nursing and the health sciences."

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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