Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., has been named dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and will begin on or before Dec. 1.
Cowan succeeds Lorraine Frazier, who left UAMS in January. Jean McSweeney, associate dean for research and director of the UAMS College of Nursing’s doctoral program, has been serving as interim dean since January and will continue until Cowan begins.
Cowan is professor and associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. She has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of nursing including academics, clinical practice and research.
“We have no doubt that Dr. Cowan’s wealth of experience in all areas of nursing will make her a very effective leader of the College of Nursing,” UAMS Provost Stephanie Gardner said in a news release.
Cowan’s research interests include lifestyle interventions in overweight youth and adults and cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes.
“The faculty and staff in the College of Nursing are excited to have Dr. Patty Cowan join us as the dean,” McSweeney said. “We expect Dr. Cowan will lead us as we forge new inroads into tackling the important health issues our citizens face every day. I look forward to working closely with her during this time of transition.”
Cowan received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Missouri, received her master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.