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Collin Announces New Dean

Dr. Merry McBryde-Foster
August 11, 2005 – Collin County Community College District (Collin) welcomed Merry McBryde-Foster, Ph.D., as the new dean of Health Sciences and Emergency Services. Collin’s new Health Sciences and Emergency Services division offers programs in dental hygiene, emergency medical services, fire science, nursing and respiratory care.

McBryde-Foster, a resident of Irving, was formerly an assistant professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University. She was also division director for Allied Health at Navarro College in Corsicana. While at Baylor University she also worked as a case manager for the Baylor Rural Health Center in Itasca, Texas, where she helped secure a 1.2 million dollar grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to start up a nurse-managed ambulatory care clinic. In the private sector, she has been a staff nurse, a director of nurses, a home health patient care supervisor, a rehabilitation specialist and an in-patient utilization management supervisor.

The new dean completed her Ph.D. in nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Her scholarly work has appeared in The Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nursing Economics.

The Health Sciences and Emergency Services Division, located at Central Park Campus in McKinney, is one of the fastest growing areas in the district. To support that growth, facility expansion plans will be developed and additional faculty will need to be recruited.

The nursing program, in particular, tripled its annual enrollments over the past 10 years and last spring began admitting students twice a year to meet demand. Nursing and other healthcare-related programs are expected to grow tremendously over the next few years and will likely become part of larger Centers for Excellence in Healthcare at the campus. The new dean is looking forward to overseeing the program’s growth.

“My goal for the Division of Health Sciences and Emergency Services is to exemplify the district’s core values in all of our programs as we grow,” said McBryde-Foster. “I also look forward to seeing continued innovation through community partnerships, service learning and learning communities. These are concepts already initiated at the college that we will continue to explore for applications in our divisional programs.”

Dr. Thom D. Chesney, vice president of academic affairs, believes that students, staff and faculty will benefit from the new dean’s extensive experience.

“The addition of Dr. McBryde-Foster to the academic affairs team will immediately enhance our collaborative efforts to develop a center for excellence in healthcare at the college and pursue new programs and community partnerships,” said Dr. Chesney.