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The current dean of the MSU College of Nursing is Randolph F.R. Rasch, who is the latest in a long line of leaders who have transformed the college over the years. Learn more about each previous dean below.

Randolph Rasch, Ph.D., RN, FNP, FAANP 

Dean smiling in a suitDean and Professor

Randolph Rasch is the ninth dean of the College of Nursing. Dean Rasch is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a distinguished scholar in the National Academies of Practice, and has worked as a family nurse practitioner for more than 10 years. At the heart of his drive is the knowledge that the nursing profession is poised to have a significant impact on healthcare delivery. His research efforts have been in the areas of primary care and community health; specifically analyzing the roles, functions, and appropriate skill mix for all levels of the profession.

Mary H. Mundt, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Former Dean Mundt smiling in a suitDean and Professor

Mary Mundt was the eighth dean of the College of Nursing. Mundt expanded the college’s academic programs by adding the Nurse Anesthesia MSN concentration in 2008, creating an international partnership with Chongqing Medical University in China, admitting the first cohort of students to a new DNP program in 2013, and leading the 2012 CCNE reaccreditation process for the BSN and MSN programs. She was instrumental in getting a $7.45 million competitive grant from NIH for construction of the Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research that opened in 2012. One of her most important accomplishments while at Michigan State University was developing the infrastructure to enable the college to move to a high of 12th in nursing schools with NIH funding.

Marilyn L. Rothert, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 

Former Dean Rothert smiling in a suitDean and Professor

Under Dr. Marilyn Rothert’s direction, the college successfully prepared for the 1994 NLN accreditation visit. As a visionary leader of the college for 13 years, Rothert presided over an era of continuous achievements including a significant increase in undergraduate and graduate enrollments, the development of several innovative programs, and a doctor of philosophy in nursing and post-doctoral program. The college also established a clinical track for faculty appointments and created a faculty practice plan. In her 42-year career at Michigan State University she has made lasting contributions to the College of Nursing even after her departure in 2006. As dean, her visionary leadership started the campaign to build the Life Sciences Building addition, which broke ground in the fall 2009.

Kathleen G. Bond, EdD, RN 

Former Dean Bond smiling in a suitDean and Professor

Under Dr. Kathleen Bond’s direction, the college went through an intensive strategic planning process, as well as expansion of off-campus degree programs and on-campus undergraduate enrollment.

Gwen R. Andrew, Ph.D. 

Former Dean Andrew smiling in a suitActing Dean and Professor

Dr. Gwen Andrew reorganized the college structure and consolidated the undergraduate and graduate programs into academic affairs. She led the faculty in planning for the future through a series of task forces. She also established the Nursing Research Center and was instrumental in the development of a formalized clinical preceptor role in the college.

gladys-courtney.pngGladys Courtney, Ph.D., RN

Dean and Professor

Gladys Courtney succeeded Dr. Payne as Dean of the College of Nursing, serving from 1981 until 1989. Under her leadership, the College became integrated into every aspect (and committee) of the University, the number of doctorally prepared faculty grew rapidly, research programs were developed and funded, and the College expanded its outreach programs. 

Isabelle K. Payne, EdD, RN 

Former Dean Payne smiling in a suitDirector and Professor
Dean and Professor

Dr. Isabelle Payne was Assistant Director of the School of Nursing from 1965-1971. She became director in 1971, and in 1980, the School of Nursing became the College of Nursing and she was appointed as its first Dean. During her tenure, the College of Nursing moved to the Life Sciences Building and the Multimedia Learning Laboratory was activated. In addition, the Division of Continuing Education for Nurses was created and the school of Nursing received a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for development of the graduate program and Faculty Development Programs.

Gwendoline R. MacDonald, Ph.D., RN 

Former Director MacDonald smiling in a suitDirector and Professor

During her years as director, Dr. Gwendoline MacDonald faced the formidable task of seeking budgetary support and raising educational standards. Her expertise in visioning for the future, evaluating the current situation, and developing criteria and guidelines for progress laid the groundwork for accomplishments in the following decade. Under her tenure, programmatic growth including increases in undergraduate numbers and the number of faculty occurred.

Florence C. Kempf, MA, RN 

Former Director Kempf smiling in a suitDirector and Professor

Florence Kempf was appointed as the first director and sole faculty member of the Department of Nursing in 1950 with seventeen women under her direction. Her expectations of the nursing curriculum included providing the student with learning experiences in nursing, encouraging personal growth, and assisting in the development of social sensitivity and responsibility. In her 14 years as director of the School of Nursing, Kempf's efforts focused on the selection of clinical sites, recruitment of faculty, selection of students and the creation and maintenance of financial support for students.


The College of Nursing is home to several faculty members who have make considerable contributions to the nursing field and, thus, have been honored as fellows by national organizations. Below are our current fellows.

Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

Barbara Given 

Dr. Barbara Given smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN, FAPOS
Interim Associate Dean for Research
University Distinguished Professor

Mildred Horodynski 

Dr. Horodynski smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita

Rebecca Lehto

Lehto_Rebecca_edited.jpg      Ph.D., RN, FAAN
      Associate Professor




Mary Mundt   

Former Dean Mundt smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita

Lorraine Robbins  

Dr. Lorraine Robbins in a suitPh.D., RN, FNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor

Marilyn Rothert 

Former Dean Rothert smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita

Louise Selanders 

Dr. Selanders smiling in a suitEdD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita

Leigh Small

small-fellow.jpg      PhD, RN, PNP-PC, FAAN, FAANP
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor




Gwen Wyatt 

Dr. Gwen Wyatt smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN

Fellow in the American Psychosocial Oncology Society

The purpose of Fellow status in the American Psychosocial Oncology Society is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. Membership in the Fellowship is not purely honorific, however: it carries an expectation of ongoing contributions to and leadership within the society.

Barbara Given 

Dr. Barbara Given smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FAAN, FAPOS
Interim Associate Dean for Research
University Distinguished Professor

Fellows in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to healthcare through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and healthcare.

Kathy Dontje 

Dr. Kathy Dontje smiling in a suitPh.D., FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor 

Annie Kao

Kao.Tsuisui-645.V2.8x10.jpg    Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
    Associate Professor





Linda Keilman 

Dr. Linda Keilman smilingDNP, GNP-BC, FAANP
Assistant Professor

Randolph Rasch 

Dean Rasch smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FNP, FAANP
Dean and Professor

Mary Smania 

Dr. Mary Smania smiling in a suitDNP, FNP-BC, AGN-BC, FAANP
Assistant Professor, Health Programs

Leigh Small

small-fellow.jpg.     PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor




Fellow in the National Academies of Practice

The National Academies of Practice is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from fourteen different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all.

Randolph Rasch  

Dean Rasch smiling in a suitPh.D., RN, FNP, FAANP
Dean and Professor

Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education

The NLN Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in and outside the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways.

Kathleen Poindexter, in grey suit, smiling.

Kathleen Poindexter

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Faculty Development


Teresa Wehrwein

Interim Associate Dean for Acadenic Affairs, Associate Professor Emerita