SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island nursing professor Mary Sullivan has been named interim dean of the College of Nursing, school officials announced on Sept. 26.
Sullivan succeeds Dayle Joseph, who recently retired from the dean’s position.
Sullivan, who is known internationally for her research work on the development of premature infants, currently oversees the longest-running U.S. study of premature infants from birth through their entry into young adulthood.
Sullivan is a research scientist at Women and Infants Hospital and also serves as an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University,
“I am fortunate to be leading the College of Nursing as it welcomes the most academically talented and diverse freshman class in its history,” Sullivan said
URI accepted 166 freshmen out of 1,650 applicants for the fall semester. Total enrollment is a more than 900 students, with 17 percent minority students and 92 percent women.