Dean Bernadette Melnyk
At the College of Nursing, Bernadette Melnyk has served as dean for the past 12 years. Under her leadership, the college’s academic programming expanded significantly, its national rankings and student support soared, and its research funding increased from more than $1.9 million in FY 2011 to over $15 million in FY 2023. In addition, the college launched online programs such as the Master of Clinical Research, Master of Healthcare Innovation, and the nation’s first Doctor of Nursing Education.
Dean Melnyk’s passion for nurse practitioner-led care guided the creation of Total Health and Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center in which interprofessional teams integrate physical and mental health care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital.
Her deep commitment to health and well-being will be invaluable as she transitions to her next role at Ohio State as vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer. In addition, I am proud that Dean Melnyk and Melissa Shivers, senior vice president for student life, served as co-chairs of a university task force on student health and well-being.