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The search committee to replace outgoing Nursing Dean Claire Fagin will be in place later this week, Nursing officials said yesterday. Nursing School officials are expected to announce the names of the two students - one graudate and undergraduate student - who were elected by student government leaders to fill the last positions of the 11-member committee, according to Kristin Davidson, associate dean for administration at Nursing. Named committee members said yesterday that "a substantial number" of candidates have already applied for the position, and more are expected to apply for the position to head the highly respected nursing school. And while the committee has not officially met, members said that they have certain characteristics that they expect the new dean to possess. "We're looking for someone who can continue and accelerate the momentum that Dean Fagin established," said search committee member Joan Lynaugh. Fagin, a 14-year veteran at the school, announced her resignation three months ago. "Someone with an appreciation of research and an understanding of undergraduate and graduate education will be sought," said Lynaugh, who stressed the importance of experience in "nursing practice" for a candidate. Lynaugh, an associate Nursing professor, also said the committee is hoping to find "someone who is a five-star candidate in as many areas as possible." Currently the committee includes both faculty of the nursing school and faculty and administrators from other schools within the University. Outgoing Dean Fagin has been credited for the school's recent meteoric rise in prestige, making the position a highly valued one in the Nursing field. Lynaugh added that despite the school's growing popularity, the committee is strongly publicizing the position to national health centers and has asked for the Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing and other health organizations for suggestions. "The committee is keeping an open mind about the candidate's background," Lynaugh said. She added that leaders with backgrounds from both academia and the private sector will be considered. Committee members said they hope to keep a tight schedule and have a candidate selected by next January. Fagin will officially step down August 31, 1991. Fagin, after resigning her position as dean will continue to teach at the University. She will assume the presidency of the National League of Nursing in July 1991.

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