HPU taps experienced administrator to lead Nursing and Health Sciences

August 08, 2013

Lynette Landry
Lynette Landry

HONOLULU — A career nursing administrator with extensive experience in academia as well as major California health care facilities has been selected as the next dean for Hawai‘i Pacific University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, HPU leaders announced today.

Lynette Landry, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing at San Francisco State University for the past three years and a nursing professional in the Bay Area for the past two decades, will assume the leadership role for HPU’s college in January. She will consult with the university in advance of that to begin work on immediate issues and prepare for a successful transition at the end of the year.

“Our College of Nursing and Health Sciences plays a leading role in educating the professionals that are critical to our ability to meet the health care needs of Hawai‘i and nations around the Pacific Rim,” said Matthew Liao-Troth, provost of HPU. “Dr. Landry understands the complexities of those needs, and her background in community health and as a researcher in health care delivery will be of particular value in leading our college.”

Landry holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Occupational Health and Community Health, respectively, from the University of California-San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Sonoma State University. She is a contributing author to two nursing textbooks and has published or co-published a dozen scholarly publications on topics ranging from nursing education in diverse student populations to improving care for patients hospitalized with pneumonia.

In addition to her work at San Francisco State, Landry has served in leadership capacities for Catholic Healthcare West and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, both in San Francisco, and four other California health care concerns. She also has instruction and research experience from Cal State-Los Angeles, Berkeley and UCSF.

Landry takes over leadership of a college that has been home to the state’s largest nursing program, offering undergraduate and master’s degrees enrolling more than 1,000 students. The college also offers bachelor’s degrees in Health Science, which help prepare graduates for work in public health and related fields. It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – the leading credential for university nursing programs.

Landry succeeds Dale M. Allison, Ph.D., who has served as acting dean for the past two years.