Dominican friar named chair of Spalding’s School of Nursing

Dominican Friar Ignatius Perkins has been named chair of Spalding University’s School of Nursing.

Brother Perkins earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1972 and a master’s degree in education in 1981 from Spalding University.

He is a “health care leader and a scholar of bioethics,” who served in the same role from 2003-2005, according to a press release from the university. He also served as dean of the university’s college of Health and Natural Sciences during that time.

Spalding’s president Tori Murden McClure said the school is “thrilled” to welcome him back to the campus. “Brother Perkins is truly a rare find — he blends both an impressive background as a nursing leader, educator and bioethics scholar with a deep and intrinsic understanding of Spalding’s unique identity as a place where students come to lean and make a difference in their world,” said McClure.

As the chair of Spalding’s School of Nursing, Brother Perkins will oversee all of Spalding’s undergraduate and graduate nursing program. He will take over his duties later this month.

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