Dr. Cynthia Russell joins Olivet as associate dean
Posted: Jun 03, 2013
Olivet Nazarene University announces that Cynthia Russell, Ph.D., R.N. is the new associate dean of nursing and health sciences. In this newly created position, she will provide leadership for Olivet’s health care programs, overseeing curriculum, didactic and clinical instruction, faculty recruitment and development, and student satisfaction and retention for health science initiatives and the nursing program.
“Her varied experience in the fields of health care and education, combined with her enthusiasm for serving others, makes Dr. Russell the ideal person to serve in this position,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We are very pleased that she is joining our team. She will challenge all of us, students and faculty alike, to new levels of excellence.”
Dr. Russell comes to Olivet from her previous positions as chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic programs for Orbis Education, Indianapolis, Ind. While she was with Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Ariz., she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer, and as dean of the Samaritan College of Nursing. At Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., she was professor and acting dean of the College of Nursing. During her career, she has taught both graduate and undergraduate nursing courses.
For six years, she served as a program evaluator and team leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and, prior to this, served as a program evaluator with the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. She was a member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Committee for the Arizona Board of Nursing for two years. For five years, she served on North Central University’s Board of Trustees, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board.
Her nursing career has included her work as a certified clinical nurse specialist, consultant and program developer, leader of education support groups, and a staff nurse in both psychiatry and pediatrics in a variety of health care settings. She is certified in interactive imagery and has expertise in guided imagery. Her primary research focus has looked at caregivers of person’s with dementia.
Published works by Dr. Russell include Congregational Health: How to make your congregation a health-aware community (co-author) from Hilton Publishing; “Health care & spirituality: Professional perspectives, a nurse speaks” in Health care & spirituality: Listening, assessing & caring from Baywood Publishing. She also has numerous journal publications.
She has been a presenter at many professional conferences and meetings, including the Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) conference in Kansas City, the African American Health Fair in Washington, D.C., and the Mayo Continuing Nursing Education Conference, Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Russell holds a B.S. degree in nursing and a M.S. degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in psychiatric nursing from Rush University, Chicago.
She and her husband, Douglas Lemster, have five adult children — three of whom are married — and two grandchildren.