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Miller named interim director of nursing

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Phyllis J. Miller, Arlington, Va., has been named interim director of nursing at Bethel College. Her appointment coincides with the launch of the college’s campaign to raise funds for a new facility for the 120-student nursing program.

Current Director of Nursing Gregg Schroeder in December announced his intention to go back to full-time teaching after this school year.

“I want to thank Gregg for the leadership he has provided in our nursing program for more than 15 years, as a faculty member and more recently through his three-year tenure as director of nursing,” said Bethel President Barry C. Bartel. “Gregg will continue to devote his knowledge and expertise in service to the mission of preparing excellent BSN nurses as he returns to a faculty role.”

Miller grew up in Goessel and is a graduate of Hesston College with an A.A. degree in liberal arts and of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., with a bachelor of science in nursing. She earned her master of science in nursing education degree with a minor in medical/surgical nursing at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She is a graduate of the Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and the Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs at Inova Fairfax (Va.) Hospital for Children and is board certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) through the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Miller is currently president of Phyllis Miller and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in education and training, leadership and management development, performance management and team-building, primarily for health-care organizations. She is also an adjunct faculty member at EMU and currently is chair of the board of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

“Phyllis brings to her service at Bethel years of experience working with hospitals and nursing programs in colleges and universities,” said Bartel. “She also brings a wide range of professional experience as a clinical nurse, clinical preceptor, education specialist, director for performance improvement, curriculum manager and faculty member in master’s level programs.”

The search will continue for a permanent appointment to the director of nursing position, Bartel said. In the interim, Miller will identify faculty development needs and further evaluate curriculum in order to re-tool and strengthen nursing content in concert with Bethel’s long-standing tradition of graduating skilled, compassionate nurses.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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