Originally created 03/04/03

MCG's dean of nursing resigns



The dean of the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing has resigned after being asked to step down.

Dr. Marlene M. Rosenkoetter will leave her post March 31 but will remain at the school as a tenured professor in the nursing school, MCG Provost Barry Goldstein said.

He said he asked for Dr. Rosenkoetter's resignation but would not say why.

"That's between her and I, and I don't really need to provide any additional information concerning those reasons," Dr. Goldstein said.

He did say it was "nothing illegal, immoral or unethical."

Dr. Rosenkoetter had been dean since January 2002, and there has been a lot of turnover in the nursing school faculty since then, Dr. Goldstein said.

"There have been a number of faculty who have left, but we have hired quite a few, as well," Dr. Goldstein said, but he added that he did not know whether Dr. Rosenkoetter was a factor. Nationwide, nursing faculty are leaving, and it is more difficult to hire replacements, he said.

Vice Dean Katherine E. Nugent will take over as interim dean April 1, and the school will form a search committee for a replacement later, Dr. Goldstein said.

He informed the school's faculty of the change Monday.

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