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TWU dean of nursingto retire Aug. 31

Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, will retire from the university on Aug. 31.

Holden-Huchton joined TWU in 2005 was named dean of the College of Nursing in 2008. During her tenure as dean, she has developed and collaborated on several initiatives, including a weekend/online nursing program with the Baylor University Health System in Dallas, which received a 2010 Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Holden-Huchton was part of a team that helped raise $55 million for TWU’s new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, which opened in 2011, and endowed two chairs at $1 million apiece for the university’s College of Nursing in Dallas.

She also provided testimony on the nursing shortage in Texas during the 81st session of the Texas Legislature during the House Appropriations Committee’s Panel on Education.

Holden-Huchton’s distinguished academic nursing career includes positions at Central Texas College in Killeen, the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas Tech University, the University of Nevada at Reno and at Eastern Kentucky University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, her master’s degree from TWU and her doctorate of nursing science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Holden-Huchton was a practicing nurse for several years, often working as a clinician and teaching nursing simultaneously.

Her many awards and honors include being named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Scott and White School of Nursing, being named an Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the University of Nevada at Reno’s Chapter of the international nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, and receiving the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from Eastern Kentucky University.