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Provost Appoints Porter as Interim Dean of Education

July 17, 2008

Story Contact:  Christian Basi, (573) 882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Provost Brian Foster has announced that Rose Porter, dean of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, has been named interim dean of the MU College of Education, effective Aug. 1. Porter has been with the university for 29 years, and previously, had announced her plans to retire as dean of the School of Nursing this fall.

        “She has the track record, is an alumna of the college and is a perfect fit for the position,” Foster said. “Rose knows the university and its people. She is a great person to have in place during this transition period.”

        She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing service administration from the University of Iowa. She received her doctorate in higher education administration from the MU College of Education.

        “I’m pleased to be able to help during this transition period,” Porter said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the wonderful collaboration that the College of Education has developed across campus. Dean Carolyn Herrington, the faculty, the staff and the students have done a wonderful job at the college, and I hope to continue this good work that has been accomplished.”

        Her research interests include the work environment of nurses, images of the profession of nursing, and nursing and student-related issues. She has published in several professional journals including the Journal of Nursing Administration and the Journal of Professional Nursing.

        In 2006, the university named the second floor of the Excellence Residential Hall as “Porter House.” Other honors include the 2005 Myrtle K. Aydelotte Dean’s award from the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing, the 2004 Manuel T. Pacheco Academic Leadership Award and the 2002 Paul Harris Fellowship Award. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association and has served as a board member for United Way of Columbia.

        Porter will replace Herrington, who announced her intent to resign in June. Foster will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.