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Anderson University Names Nursing School Dean


Dr. Pamela Binns-Turner comes to Anderson from successful Union nursing school

Dr. Pamela Binns-Turner, currently the Program Director for the Nurse Anesthesia Track in the School of Nursing at Union University in Jackson, TN, has been named the new Dean of the School of Nursing at Anderson University. Pending approvals from the SC Board of Nursing and the University’s regional accrediting body, current plans indicate that the AU School of Nursing will likely begin classes in the fall of 2012 in a state-of-the art instructional space, complete with the latest in simulation technology, to be built within the university’s Vandiver building over the next year.

Dr. Binns-Turner was selected after a national search by Anderson University not only because of her excellent reputation in the field of nursing education, but also her experience in directing a highly respected program at a Christian university. She has recently published a chapter in a new textbook on Nurse Anesthesia, and has written a number of presentations and peer-reviewed articles.

“Through the vision of Anderson University and the upstate community an outstanding partnership has formed to establish our School of Nursing focused on educating future nurses with clinical and academic excellence, and preparing them for a lifetime of professional service with a Christian worldview,” she said.

When she arrives at the Anderson University campus late this spring, Dr. Binns-Turner will begin preparations for various studies required by the State Board of Nursing, the national nursing program accrediting body, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as participating in the development of facilities, curricula, and hiring faculty for the highly anticipated School of Nursing.

Dr. Binns-Turner cites her two biggest passions in life as nursing, and fulfilling God’s plans for her life, passions she says are evident in her professional, academic and personal journey. That journey, she says, has now led her to the exciting challenge in Anderson.

“I am both honored and excited to be selected as the Founding Dean of the School of Nursing and eagerly anticipate its development through building relationships with the community, university, faculty, staff, and students.”

In making the announcement to the campus, Dr. Evans Whitaker, president of the University, said, “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Binns-Turner to our campus.  She has the right combination of personal attributes, scholarly credentials, teaching and administrative experience, and leadership skills to initiate and lead what we intend to be a superb School of Nursing.  We welcome her to Anderson and look forward to working with her as she leads this exciting new school.”

Prior to her directing the Nurse Anesthesia Track at Union, Binns-Turner had a distinguished career in nursing in hospitals in Alabama and Tennessee. She received her BSN, MNA, and PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.





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