McAuley names Judith Lewis associate dean

Healthy Times, Fall 2003



Judith Lewis has joined the McAuley School of Nursing as its new associate dean. Lewis comes to the School from the University of Akron College of Nursing, where she was director of nursing education.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Lewis decided at an early age to follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a career in nursing. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Ohio State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati.

She’s held numerous teaching and administrative posts at several institutions, including the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, St. Louis University and Marquette University.

The decision to join the McAuley School of Nursing was an easy one, according to Lewis.

“It was a good fit,” she explains. “I was looking for an associate dean’s role, had enjoyed my experiences working in Jesuit institutions, and I was impressed with the Mercy approach to nursing education. I liked their focus on students, community, partnerships and service learning.”

Lewis expects her first year in Detroit to be a busy one. Her agenda includes the School’s plans to boost enrollment, expand the Second Degree Option program, and increase student involvement in governance – in addition to relocating to the McNichols campus and an upcoming accreditation visit. Faculty development will be another priority.

“Our faculty and staff are involved in some very exciting things,” Lewis says. “We need to support their development.”