Beth A. Brooks, Ph.D., RN, FACHE, has been appointed as President of Oak Point University.
“We are very pleased to appoint Dr. Beth A. Brooks as our new president,” said Mary Anne Kelly, vice president at the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Oak Point University. “Dr. Brooks’ outstanding academic and healthcare credentials, as well as her breadth of experience in so many areas of the healthcare industry, make her ideally suited to lead Oak Point University, an institution with such a rich heritage of educational excellence.”
Dr. Brooks was originally appointed interim President of Oak Point University in January 2011. Prior to her appointment Dr. Brooks held several key academic positions in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago including Associate Dean for Educational Outreach and Executive Director of the Institute for healthcare Innovation as well as the Director of the Graduate Program in Administrative Nursing. During that time, Dr. Brooks also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science and was awarded the Graduate Teaching Award of Excellence.
In addition to her educational achievements, Dr. Brooks brings a unique background that includes leadership positions in health system administration as well as a specialization in the creation and implementation of programs for improving nursing work life. Dr. Brooks’ Quality of Nursing Worklife Survey© has been used in thirteen countries from Iran to Thailand and most recently was translated into Chinese for use in Taiwan.
Dr. Brooks earned a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Science in nursing administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University. Dr. Brooks is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, as well as the National Council for the Valparaiso University College of Nursing.
“As president of Oak Point University, it is an honor and a privilege to serve the students, faculty and staff of an institution with such a rich heritage of educational excellence,” says Dr. Brooks. “Oak Point University takes great pride in preparing our students for professional healthcare careers by providing them with undergraduate and graduate learning experiences that integrate personal and professional growth, compassionate service and scholarly activities.”
Dr. Brooks also sees an institution well positioned for the future. “There is a great demand for highly skilled nurses and other health professionals to meet the growing healthcare needs across the nation,” explains Dr. Brooks. “Oak Point University’s challenging undergraduate and graduate programs, small class sizes and close student-faculty contact combined with its distinctive relationship with Resurrection healthcare, provide the basis for educational excellence and career success.”
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