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Celebrating Dean Bette Jacobs' 10 Years of Service at NHS

November 12, 2009

Dear Members of the Georgetown Community:

I write to inform you that Bette Jacobs, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will be concluding her decanal service at the end of this academic year.  She has served with distinction for ten years, and I can only begin to express my appreciation for her work on behalf of the NHS and our entire community.

During her term, Bette was responsible for impressive development in the School in a number of areas.  In 2002 Bette oversaw a major renovation of St. Mary's Hall that transformed the University home for our NHS students.  In 2006 the NHS opened the Discovery Center, a 3,000-square-foot facility that supports education and research among our students and faculty. Bette played an active role in the launch of the Linda and Timothy O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, which was co-founded with the Law Center in 2007 to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing health concerns facing the nation and the world.   She has also supported substantial growth in the School's research portfolio, the recruitment of high-profile scholars, and the establishment of four academic departments in Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing.

At the end of this academic year, Bette will assume a full-time faculty role as Professor of Nursing and Health Studies at the NHS and as a Distinguished Scholar in the O'Neill Institute.

Dr. Howard Federoff, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, and I will work in the coming weeks to organize a formal search process for Bette's successor, and we will keep you informed of those developments.

I am deeply grateful to Bette for her longstanding dedication to our community, and I look forward to being together with many of you in the months ahead as we find ways to celebrate and thank Bette for her many contributions to Georgetown.

You have my very best wishes.


John J. DeGioia

Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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