EKU Names Whitehouse Dean of College of Health Sciences
Dr. Deborah Whitehouse has been named dean of EKU’s College of Health Sciences.
A long-time chair of EKU’s Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing, she had served as interim dean of the college since October, 2011.
“Throughout her 28-year tenure at Eastern, Dean Whitehouse has demonstrated great leadership ability and has achieved an exemplary record of scholarship and service,” said Dr. Janna Vice, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Dean Whitehouse is committed to growing enrollment, enhancing retention, and diligently addressing assurance of learning in the College of Health Sciences. She has been instrumental in developing two doctoral programs at EKU. She served on the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s committee to draft the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nursing regulation (and) worked with EKU colleagues to develop and gain approval for EKU’s DNP.
“Most recently, she has supported our Occupational Therapy program in its preparation and planning for the Occupational Therapy doctorate,” which was approved April 26 by EKU’s Board of Regents and will go before the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for final approval this summer.
Prior to becoming interim dean, Whitehouse had served as associate dean of the college since 2001, at first part time and then full time 2006-11. From 1985 to 2006, she chaired the EKU Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing.
Whitehouse received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree at the University of North Carolina, and her doctoral degree at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.