Ann Carruth, who has served on the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 1990, has been named dean of the college.
The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors also approved the appointment of Sam Domiano as interim vice president for administration and finance while a search is conducted to fill the vice president position recently vacated by Stephen Smith, who retired from the university after 35 years on the staff. Domiano previously served as assistant vice president for operations.
“We are pleased the Board of Supervisors confirmed these appointments,” President John L. Crain said. “Dr. Carruth is highly respected by her colleagues and in the health-care community in general. Over the years, she has developed a significant body of scholarly work and has received a number of grants related to various health-care issues.”
Domiano has gained significant experience in recent years as director of auxiliary services and as an assistant vice president and will provide valuable guidance in helping manage the finances and day-to-day operations of the university, Crain said. He said a nationwide search will be conducted to find a replacement for Smith.
Carruth had been serving as interim dean of the college since January 2011. A professor of nursing since 2002, she has also served as graduate coordinator for the School of Nursing.
A graduate of SLU with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, Carruth earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and doctor of nursing science degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being selected a “Top Nurse” in 2011 by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. In 2003, she was the recipient of SLU’s President’s Award for Excellence in Research and a Nightingale Award as the Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
The author of numerous nursing and scientific publications, she serves as a member of the board of the North Oaks Health System Rehabilitation System and of the Northshore Healthcare Alliance. She is also a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences enrolls more than 2,850 students in the areas of nursing, kinesiology and health studies, and communication sciences and disorders.