Following a nationwide search, Seon Yoon Chung has been selected as the next dean of the College of Nursing (CON) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, effective July 1.
“Dr. Chung brings to UW Oshkosh a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am confident will help our College of Nursing faculty and staff members enhance student success. I look forward to welcoming her to the institution and seeing how her leadership helps take our nationally recognized program to new heights,” UWO Chancellor Andy Leavitt said.
Chung currently serves as associate dean and faculty member in the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She is a registered nurse in both Illinois and Maryland and is a certified nurse educator and healthcare simulation educator.
“Dr. Chung brings an excellent record in teaching, scholarship and practice; and a strong, diverse range of experience in college, University and professional service,” said UWO Provost John Koker.
“I believe her understanding of issues faced by higher education, experience as a teacher and administrator in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, her commitment to student success and experience working with faculty and staff will make her an effective leader.”
Chung said she looks forward to meeting, working with and contributing to the UWO community.
“I am looking forward to joining a strong team of faculty, staff and administrators at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who care deeply about students’ success, who are dedicated to developing caring and scholarly leaders who positively impact contemporary and future healthcare,” she said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significant role nurses play in safeguarding health and wellness in society, Chung said.
“The pandemic also has heightened our awareness of the nursing shortage and the importance of strong nursing education programs to continue nurturing not only well-prepared nurses, but also advanced practice registered nurses, nurse educators and nurse leaders.”
Associate professor Bonnie Nickasch, who has served as interim CON dean since July 2, 2021, will remain in the role until Chung’s arrival.
UWO is dedicated to developing caring and scholarly nurse leaders. The CON provides students the expert knowledge, clinical practice skills and critical-thinking ability necessary for success in today’s healthcare industry.