March 21, 2018
CHARLESTON, SC – Linda S. Weglicki, RN, Ph.D., MSN, has been appointed dean of the College of Nursing effective July 1, MUSC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa Saladin publicly announced today.
Weglicki currently is the associate dean for nursing research and scholarship and Ph.D. studies at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, Florida. She also holds the position of Schmidt Family Foundation distinguished professor at FAU.
“Dr. Weglicki has more than 40 years of professional experience in practice, education, and research, with extensive leadership experience in a variety of roles. Her breadth of experience as an administrator, scholar, and leader in an academic health setting will enable her to continue the advancement of our College of Nursing that Dr. Gail Stuart achieved during her tenure at MUSC,” Saladin said. “We are eternally grateful for Dr. Stuart’s contributions to the nursing profession as she passes the torch to Dr. Weglicki, and we are confident that the college will continue to excel under her leadership.”
“The opportunity as dean at MUSC is personally exciting to me, particularly,” Weglicki said, “as it would build off the tremendous leadership of Dr. Gail Stuart, who I came to know and respect when she served on NINR’s Advisory Council and I was Chief, Office of Extramural Programs.”
As an academic leader, Weglicki has a record of success in developing and implementing programs and strategies that demonstrate excellence in key metric areas such as student academic progress, financial accountability, faculty evaluation and development, and innovative curriculum development. Her mentorship of novice faculty researchers has resulted in their ability to develop focused, fundable research programs that support nursing faculty at a time when the discipline is facing a faculty shortage.
Weglicki’s early nursing practice career was in critical care and then in community health nursing. She began her academic career at Wayne State University as a tenure track professor in adult health. In 2008, she was recruited to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as program officer, with oversight of the health promotion portfolio concentrated in women, children, and families, and environmental health. As such, she was responsible for consulting and mentoring extramural investigators, who were in various stages of their research career paths, from pre-doctoral to senior expert researchers. In 2011, Weglicki rose to become chief of the Office of Extramural Programs, Division of Extramural Activities, responsible for strategic vision and leadership in advancing nursing science across all NINR’s science priorities and portfolios. This included managing a large division of scientists and staff, as well as ensuring scientific recommendations and funding opportunities were on the cutting edge of transformative and translational discovery.
In 2014, Weglicki was recruited to the position of associate dean for nursing research, scholarship and Ph.D. studies at FAU. She distinguished herself as a focused leader and advocate for faculty and students. In this role, she was directly responsible the advancement of research while also serving as a member of the senior leadership team. Some highlights of her accomplishments at FAU include increasing grant submissions by more than 300 percent and peer-reviewed publications nearly 40 percent, and developing and improving key metrics for student academic success, thus ensuring a high ranking from the state’s university system that lead to significant state funding support.
Weglicki received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Among her professional honors and duties are that of ambassador of the Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research; co-chair of the organizational leadership network (OLN) steering committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; OLN planning committee co-chair for the American Colleges of Nursing and selection to the Jonas Scholars Cohort.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit MUSChealth.org.