UW-Green Bay names Block to interim dean post

GREEN BAY — Derryl Block, chairperson of the Professional Program in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s interim dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies.

She will assume the duties of Dean Fritz Erickson, who will soon become provost of Ferris State University in Michigan. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Derryl Block

Derryl Block

Block’s responsibilities will include providing academic and administrative leadership and oversight for graduate and undergraduate faculty; undergraduate programs in Business, Education, Nursing and Social Work; and all of UW-Green Bay’s graduate programs, including Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, Environmental Science and Policy, Management and Social Work.

She will also be responsible for the University’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Institute for Research and the Northeast Wisconsin Partnership for Children and Families. Additional responsibilities include budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and working with diverse constituencies to promote the University and its programs.

Block started at UW-Green Bay as an associate professor in 2001 and received full professorship in 2005. She has been chair of the Professional Program in Nursing and director of the University’s BSN-LINC (the University’s online national nursing program) since 2004.

Prior to teaching at UW-Green Bay, Block was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing, and the Hadassah-Hebrew University Schools of Nursing and Department of Social Medicine. She also held nursing positions in Israel.

Block received a doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of public health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her scholarship includes nursing and public health workforce development and planning and evaluation of public health programs and policies.

“Prof. Block is well respected as a teacher and administrator on this campus,” said Interim Provost Bill Laatsch.

“She is admired for her organizational skills, decision making, budget knowledge and dedication to UW-Green Bay’s professional and liberal arts programs.”

The dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies is one of two academic deans at UW-Green Bay. The other is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Erickson held the position since 2003.

Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, an assistant professor of Nursing, will assume Professional Program in Nursing chairperson duties.


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