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Former Union University nursing dean Dr. Tim Smith to direct strategic initiatives at AU

Dr. Tim Smith, who has guided the highly regarded and rapidly growing nursing programs at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, has accepted the newly created position of Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Special Associate to the Provost at Anderson University.

Dr. Smith resigned his position at Union last week. He has been the dean of the School of Nursing there since 2005 and presided over a 75 percent expansion in enrollment since then. Recognized nationally as a leader in the field of healthcare education. He founded the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice, which provides services to healthcare organizations, including a nurse residency program for five hospitals of the TriStar Health System in Middle Tennessee.

“Tim Smith is recognized as one of the premier leaders in healthcare education in this region,” Union President David S. Dockery said last week in a press release. “His visionary and entrepreneurial skills have energized and advanced the outstanding nursing program at Union University over the past decade. We salute Tim Smith and offer our thanksgiving to God for his significant contribution to the life of Union University, even as we offer our prayers for his new and expanded opportunities at Anderson University in the days ahead.”

His new role will have several distinct facets. Initially, Dr. Smith will be responsible for leading the expansion of Anderson University’s offerings to establish the university as an Upstate leader in the health sciences. His larger focus will be to work with the administration and faculty to identify and seize opportunities to expand other educational programs to meet the needs of the local region and society in general to support the University’s continuing focus on providing accomplished and principled leaders for society. He will work closely with AU President Dr. Evans Whitaker to provide support in the broad accomplishment of a new strategic plan currently under development.

“Tim Smith has already proven himself a valuable professional and great fit for Anderson as he worked with us to create our successful programs in nursing,” said President Whitaker. “We are thrilled that he will bring his considerable experience and creative thinking to bear at Anderson University as we seek new strategic ways to serve our current students, future students and the greater cause of Christian higher education. Dr. Smith will play a crucial role with us as we continue on our upward trajectory to becoming one of the nation’s premier comprehensive universities.”

Dr. Smith holds the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and a diploma in nurse anesthesia from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He also completed the B.S. in nursing from the University of Memphis. He is presently working to complete a Ph.D. in leadership and an M.A. in theological studies. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles as well as book reviews and research abstracts.

Dr. Smith is married to Penney Smith, a healthcare administrator and educator, and the couple has two children. Dr. Smith will begin his new duties at Anderson on July 7. 


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