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January 2009

Release Date: Jan. 20, 2009ASU Logo

Mayrand Named Dean of New ASU Nursing, Allied Health College

Dr. Leslie M. Mayrand, who has served as interim dean of the Angelo State University College of Nursing and Allied Health since it was announced in May and formally established Sept. 1, has had the “interim” removed from her title.

Mayrand, a 25-year member of the ASU nursing faculty, including the previous five years as head of the Nursing Department, will serve as regular dean of the new college, effective immediately.

The announcement was made by Dr. Don Coers, ASU’s provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

“Dr. Mayrand has a proven record of success as an educator and as an administrator, both as head of the Nursing Department previously and in her interim capacity as dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health,” said Coers. “Her strong vision and leadership in getting the new college moving forward have earned her the honor of being the college’s first permanent dean. We look forward to her continued vision and leadership for the College of Nursing and Allied Health in the years ahead.”

The College of Nursing and Allied Health serves as the administrative home for ASU’s Department of Nursing and Department of Physical Therapy, which later this month will become ASU’s first department to offer a doctorate, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Additionally, the college will be the home of future ASU programs in the health professions.

Mayrand has been a leader in developing ASU’s online nursing program allowing students to earn a bachelor of science. She has also implemented programs to help licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to become registered nurses (RNs) through the university’s online offerings.

In 2007 she served as chair of the THECB Task Force to Increase RN Graduates in Texas. Last year she received $1.27 million in THECB grants to develop a model program for four area hospitals to speed up the process and reduce the costs necessary for LVNs to become RNs. In December the new college received a $167,000 San Angelo Health Foundation grant to establish a gross motor research lab that will be utilized by students and faculty in both physical therapy and nursing.

Mayrand earned both a Bachelor of Arts in drama and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She earned her Master of Science in nursing in maternal-child health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.

She has worked at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital as a staff nurse in pediatrics and later as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist at Nemour’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.