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Delunas to take helm of IU Northwest School of Nursing

Rooda resigns as Dean but will remain on faculty; leadership changes effective January 2012


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Patrick Bankston, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Indiana University Northwest, recently announced the resignation of Linda Rooda, Ph.D., RN, Dean of the School of Nursing, effective January 1, 2012. 

Rooda, who has served as Dean for 13 years, will continue her tenure at IU Northwest as a faculty member in the School of Nursing. 

The CHHS and the School of Nursing, has appointed Linda Delunas, Ph.D., RN, as Director of the School of Nursing, effective January 1, 2012. Her newly-appointed responsibilities will be in conjunction with her current position as Associate Dean of the CHHS. 

“Dr. Rooda has had a long and effective career as Dean; she made this decision after much deliberation,” Bankston said. “Likewise, I’m confident in this transition as Dr. Delunas has a solid professional background and work history at IU Northwest that makes her uniquely qualified for this newly named position.” 

Rooda and Delunas will work together over the next few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition. 

“Personally, I thank Dr. Rooda for her long service to both nursing and IU Northwest, and especially her help in creating an effective College of Health and Human Services operation,” Bankston added. 

This year marks Rooda’s 40th anniversary at IU Northwest. Reflecting on her four decades of service to higher education, Rooda is most proud of the School of Nursing’s Licensure Exam results, the recent enrollment expansion of the nursing program, and the School’s highly successful Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program option. 

Delunas has been with IU Northwest since 1984 and in that time has held various positions, from Faculty Assistant to Chancellor Bruce W. Bergland, to the School of Nursing Coordinator of Clinical and Community Affiliations. 

“The School of Nursing has grown and developed under Dr. Rooda’s leadership and I am excited at the chance to lead the School to increasing prominence in Northwest Indiana,” Delunas said.

At a later date the CHHS plans to name an Assistant/Associate Director of the School of Nursing to assist Delunas in her responsibilities.


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Linda Rooda, Ph.D., RN

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Linda Delunas, Ph.D., RN