Dear SON Community,
I am writing to let you know of my decision to retire.
I have submitted my formal letter of resignation to Provost Blouin and will be working with his office to plan for this transition. I will continue to serve until a new Dean is named, most likely in early 2022.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with each of you during my tenure as Dean and Professor of our wonderful School of Nursing. I am extremely proud of the many successes of our School, especially our curriculum transformation, strategic planning, undergraduate enrollment increases, the launch of our Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP certificate program, securing support from our state legislature for our building replacement and expansion, surpassing our Campaign for Carolina Nursing goal, and receiving the largest private gift in our School’s history.
Since arriving in 2017, I have focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in our School. As a result, underrepresented minorities among our faculty have increased from 19.4% to 26.4% and our staff have increased from 32.2% to 36.8% during my time here.
Together, we have increased our NIH grant funding, improved our national and international rankings, and continue to be the #1 public school of nursing in the US for the third year in a row. None of these achievements would have been possible without you, our talented faculty, staff and students, or without the continued support of Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin, and Executive Vice Provost Ron Strauss.
I believe our School is poised for new leadership who can continue the School’s path of success. I appreciate the dedication of our Leadership Team, who are committed to continuing our important work and to assisting with a seamless transition.
With sincere thanks to each of you,
Nena Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor