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Susan Hanrahan to Retire Next Summer as Dean of A-State’s Nursing College

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Susan Hanrahan, Ph.D., who has overseen the expansion and success of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University will retire on June 30, 2021.

“Susan is one of the longest tenured deans in the history of Arkansas State, and what she has done for this university during her long career is remarkable,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a news release. “As I made my transition into A-State, we developed a friendship and I have leaned on her for advice many times. She has set the standard in her profession and raised the profile of our College of Nursing and Health Professions to one of the best, not just in the state or Delta region, but as a leader nationally. She has also been a key member of our strategic planning initiative, and — along with her work in her college — will leave an impressive legacy.”

A nationwide search for Hanrahan’s replacement will begin later this academic year.

Hanrahan joined A-State in 1995, as interim dean of the college. She was appointed permanent dean a year later following a nationwide search.

“The growth and development of the college, its faculty, staff, students and alumni have been my heart and soul for 25-plus years,” Hanrahan said in the release. “I know that we have positively impacted the health care workforce with our varied programs and degree levels and have made a difference in the lives of so many.

“Many of the faculty and administrators that I worked with to grow the college have already retired. My current college team has a solid foundation for moving forward and that means a lot to me — the ability to continue to be successful and make a difference.”

Hanrahan earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas and went on to complete her master’s in public administration there. She received her doctorate in health education at Temple University and completed summer work at the University of Michigan in epidemiology.

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