Founding Dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences to Retire

Published: May 13, 2016

Founding Dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences to Retire

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Founding Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has announced her retirement.

“The opportunities that I have experienced working for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have been many and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the administration, faculty and staff,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton will continue to serve in her capacity as dean while the University conducts a national search to fill this position.

“I am grateful for Dr. Hamilton’s service and her guidance of the college over the last 14 years,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “Her work to bridge military service and civilian nursing with an A&M-Corpus Christi education provided today’s students the flexibility they need.”

Hamilton came to A&M-Corpus Christi in 1993 as a professor of nursing. She was the Director of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences as it transitioned into the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2004.

“The graduates from this program are a testament to her leadership and commitment to student success,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  

During her tenure as dean, the College received recognition for from the White House and the Department of Defense for the eLine Military Program that gives college credit to members of the military and veterans for their medical experience while in the Service. She was also instrumental in establishing the doctorate of nursing practice program that begins in the fall.

“Our students continue to amaze me with their creativity, critical thinking and achievements,” Hamilton said. “It has been my honor to work with the students, faculty and staff of the CONHS. Advancements in the medical field are constant and I’m confident the College will continue to prepare and educate students to meet the needs for a knowledgeable and compassionate workforce.”

In 2015, Hamilton received a resolution from the Texas House of Representatives for achievements in the nursing profession. She was also honored that same year as the Georgia Regents University Distinguished Alumna.