Office of the Provost

Dean of the School of Nursing 2008

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Marla Salmon, currently professor and dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, will be the next dean of the UW School of Nursing, effective October 1, 2008, subject to approval of the Board of Regents.

Marla Salmon has outstanding leadership experience in nursing, education, practice, and research. She is dedicated to the field of nursing and was once considered the “nation’s Head Nurse,” when she served as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Nursing. We’re looking forward to having her lead our School of Nursing, which already enjoys an international reputation for its excellence.

“The University of Washington School of Nursing is an extremely important and unique resource for the improvement of health in the U.S. and around the world,” Marla said of her decision to accept this position. “It is this promise that is most exciting to me as I look to my future at the UW.” She also expressed her excitement about returning to the West Coast, where she spent her childhood in rural northern California.

She is currently professor of health policy and management and director of the Lillian Carter Center of International Nursing at Emory. She has served as dean there since 1999. Prior to her current position, Marla was professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania (1997-99), also serving as associate dean and director of graduate studies.

She was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health from 1978 to 1986. From 1986 to 1991, she was associate professor and then professor of public health nursing in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marla received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland in political science in 1971 and a bachelor of science in nursing from Portland in 1972. She was awarded a doctor of science from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1977, and received a master of science from the University of Portland School of Nursing in 1999. She also holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Portland and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.

She served as the chief nurse for the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 1992 to 1997, as director of the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1991 to 1997, and chaired the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice. She was also a member of the White House Taskforce on Healthcare Reform.

Marla’s scholarship has focused on national and international workforce policy and development. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves on numerous boards and councils, including the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has also served on the editorial boards of many professional journals. She is past chair of the World Health Organization’s Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery, and has recently been invited to serve on the National Institute of Health’s Nursing Advisory Council for the National Institute for Nursing Research.

The University of Washington School of Nursing has been ranked America’s number one nursing school for more than 20 years, including 13 years atop the U.S. News & World Report list, which began ranking nursing schools in 1993. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Marla Salmon as the next dean of this wonderful School!


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Washington