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Nursing Selects Rentschler

By Crystal Baity

Dr. Dorothy Rentschler has joined the ECU School of Nursing as associate dean for the school‰s undergraduate program. Rentschler began Aug. 1, replacing Dr. Lou Everett, who retired.

Rentschler is responsible for providing administrative leadership, oversight and coordination of the undergraduate program, which admits about 120 students each semester. The school graduates more nurses into the work force than any other college in North Carolina.



Additionally, 100 students are enrolled in the RN to BSN degree completion option through distance education. The school will move in 2006 to a new building currently under construction adjacent to the Brody School of Medicine.

,I welcome the challenge that my position offers, particularly the opportunity to work with our highly motivated and innovative faculty,Š Rentschler said.

,I look forward to our move to the health sciences building on west campus since this will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and research with the Brody School of Medicine and the School of Allied Health Sciences.Š

Rentschler comes to ECU from the University of New Hampshire, where as an associate professor she served in various positions since 1990. She recently was director of the direct-entry master‰s in nursing program.

She previously served as associate chair for academic affairs and director of the undergraduate program. While at the University of New Hampshire, she was a senior lecturer and visiting professor at the University of Wales Swansea in the United Kingdom.

Rentschler received a bachelor of science in nursing from Long Island University, and a master‰s degree and doctorate from New York University. She has published in several journals and conducted research on women‰s health issues ranging from pregnancy to menopause.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 2, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at