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Laurie A. Badzek, professor of nursing and director of the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), has been named the new dean of Penn State’s College of Nursing. Badzek will begin her new role on July 1. 

Badzek will succeed Paula Milone-Nuzzo, who left the University to be president of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in August 2017. During the national search for her successor, Janice Penrod has served as interim dean of the college.

As a nurse, attorney and educator, Badzek specializes in genomics, health care ethics and law, nursing practice, and end-of-life care and decision making. In addition to her role as director and professor at UNCW beginning in 2015, Badzek has served as the director for nearly 20 years of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights, an organization that addresses complex ethical and human rights issues confronting nurses.