Eileen Breslin Appointed Dean of UMass Amherst School of Nursing Effective Aug. 1

AMHERST, Mass. - Eileen T. Breslin, chair of the department of nursing at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, effective Aug. 1. Breslin’s appointment was announced today by Cora Marrett, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.

"The School of Nursing sought a dean who could bring national and international reputation to nursing research and scholarship. We have such a person in Eileen Breslin," Marrett said. "She brings with her a strong record of scholarship and extensive connections to the agencies that promote research in nursing."

Breslin said: "I am looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges awaiting me at the University. The school has a rich tradition of excellence in nursing education and today is recognized for its innovative programming in nursing education."

She added: "I am particularly pleased about all of the support from the provost, other deans and most specially, the nursing faculty and staff. I look forward to working with them all."

Ann Sheridan, assistant dean of the School of Nursing, said she is "delighted and very enthusiastic" about the appointment. She called Breslin "an important leader in nursing education" with "a wonderful vision of the future of nursing." Sheridan said Breslin "brings a number of strengths in research, teaching, and service to this position."

Breslin’s appointment follows a year-long national search for a new dean to replace Melanie Dreher, who left the University in 1997 to take a post at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Brenda Millette has served as interim dean since then.

Breslin, who grew up in Enfield, Conn., received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Colorado in 1992. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Northern Arizona University in 1977 and a master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from the University of Arizona in 1983.

Breslin chaired the department of nursing at Northern Arizona University since 1994 and has been a member of the nursing faculty at Northern Arizona since 1983. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book "Core Curriculum for Women’s Health Nursing," and her articles have appeared in many journals and other publications. Breslin’s research and practice interests include: violence, addiction, women’s health, reproductive occupational health hazards, maternal-newborn nursing, and rural nursing.