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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A University faculty member and nurse has been named the new interim dean of Penn State’s College of Nursing. Janice Penrod is scheduled to begin her appointment on July 1.

Penrod succeeds Dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo, who will leave Penn State for a position as president of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, effective August 2017. Penrod will serve as interim dean while a national search for Milone-Nuzzo’s replacement continues.

Penrod, currently a professor of nursing and humanities at Penn State, specializes in geriatrics, caregiving and end-of-life care. She is the co-director of Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Program and former associate director of the University’s Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. She conducts clinical research through a variety of ongoing projects with the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Nursing Research, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others.

“For more than 20 years, Janice has been an innovative and respected member of the University community, working continuously to advance health and nursing education at Penn State and around the world,” said Nick Jones, Penn State’s executive vice president and provost. “We are of course grateful to Paula Milone-Nuzzo for her outstanding guidance as the School of Nursing became a college, and as the College of Nursing grew and flourished. We also are grateful that Janice will be able to also lead the College of Nursing as it continues to establish itself as a premier academic and research unit within Penn State.”

As a proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, Penrod helped found and is the former director of the College of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Research, which helps boost research-related activities and provides faculty and graduate students with support throughout the various stages of their research projects…