Distinguished Alumna Named Dean of Nursing at Tennessee University
March 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Wendy M. Nehring, a Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence
and former instructor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been named dean
of nursing at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).
Nehring, who graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1979, most recently served as associate
dean for graduate education and director of graduate programs at Rutgers University,
N.J. She has also held appointments at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,
Rush University, and the University of Illinois.
“The university is very fortunate to have recruited Dr. Nehring, who is well respected
across the nation for her contributions in nursing education and research,” said Wilsie
S. Bishop, ETSU vice president for health affairs and university chief operating officer.
With more than 170 publications to her credit, Nehring has dedicated significant time
to studying Down Syndrome, the experiences of children with HIV/AIDS, neural tube
defects, mental retardation and the use of simulations in nursing education.
Nehring has held leading positions in initiatives supported by the Down Syndrome Research
Fund, National Institutes of Health, National Association for Down Syndrome, Sigma
Theta Tau, Medical Education Technologies, Inc., Health Resources and Services Administration,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
Johnson and Johnson and the Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund.
For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Nursing Office
at (309) 556-3051.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181