Decker dean’s goal: Alumni connections
Strengthening the Decker School of Nursing’s connections with alumni is Pamela Stewart Fahs’ priority as interim dean.
“We want to increase our fundraising, but we also want people to feel more connected to the school and to the University,” she said. “It’s wonderful when you see alumni and students (connect).”
Fahs, who has served as the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Chair in Rural Nursing, became interim dean on July 1 when Dean Joyce Ferrario left the position to return to teaching and research.
A faculty member in the Decker School of Nursing since 1985, Fahs specializes in cardiovascular disease in rural populations. She has taught in the school’s graduate and undergraduate programs and has also served as an associate dean in Decker.
Fahs said she was honored to be asked to take on the position of interim dean.
“This is a great school and I am excited about the opportunity,” she said. “I was grateful that Dean Ferrario brought me in as an associate dean (in 2014). You don’t get to see all of the necessary pieces as a faculty member. It’s a different view – a broad picture of what happens at the school.”