[CUA Office of Public Affairs]                                                                        

Aug. 1, 2000


CUA Alumna to Head School of Nursing

The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., President, has announced the appointment of Ann Marie T. Brooks as dean of the School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America, effective August 1, 2000.

Dean Brooks earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from CUA. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College in Baltimore and is working on a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from Antioch University in Ohio.

Currently a consultant with Shelley and Associates, Dean Brooks served for two years as chief of nursing affairs at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From 1988 to 1997, she was senior director and director of nursing at Strong Memorial Hospital, and associate dean for nursing practice and professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing.

She was director of nursing at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, and chairperson of the Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing at the Rush College of Nursing, Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.

Her many honors include a 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award from the CUA Alumni Association.

Dean Brooks also served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve.

Father O’Connell expressed great excitement and enthusiasm regarding Dean Brooks’ appointment. "The School of Nursing at CUA has long been one of America’s premier nursing schools, placing its graduates in some of the most prominent national and international positions in health care. Dr. Brooks brings with her to the university excellent credentials, a wealth of experience and a commitment to the institution’s Catholic mission. Her appointment bodes well for our future investment in the education and training of nursing and health care professionals."

The President expressed the university’s, as well as his own personal gratitude to outgoing dean, Sister Mary Jean Flaherty, S.C., as she returns to her position on the faculty. "Sister Mary Jean’s dedication, leadership and service have clearly paved the way for a new century of excellence at CUA."



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