Dean Marcia Hern - In Person
President. Provost, vice president, dean, professor, manager, director.
As much as these titles describe and apply to the work that happens at the University of Louisville, they don’t get to the essence of what makes UofL unique — its people.
Once or twice a month, UofL Today profiles people who help to make the university what it is. This week get to know nursing Dean Marcia Hern — In Person.
Name: Marcia J. Hern, EdD, CNS, RN
UofL title and department: Dean and professor, School of Nursing
At UofL since: Sept. 1, 2007
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
First job and what I learned from it: I became a candy striper/nurse’s aide when I was 16 years old. It reaffirmed my desire to become a nurse, especially a pediatric nurse.
The thing I like most about what I do: The opportunity to work with such brilliant and community-minded colleagues within the School of Nursing and across the university.
I am: so a morning person, and treasure the thought of a new day with more adventures and hopes in store.
I never: want to live without sunshine!
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Favorite book: “Leadership: the Eleanor Roosevelt Way,” by Robin Gerber
Favorite TV show: “Dancing with the Stars” (in my next life I plan to come back a dancer, even though I really cannot dance!)
In the car I listen to: NPR or CDs, such as Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
Favorite quote: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people,” Eleanor Roosevelt, and “Incremental change is easy; transformational change is wrenching.” Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and chief executive officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Flexner Symposium, UofL, May 4, 2010.
These animals share my world: Only her photo on the mantle reminds me now of our cat Snickers of 18 years that passed away last May 15, 2010.
My day begins: immediately with a great cup of coffee.
I wish I had more time to: play golf and travel for fun.
When I’m not cheering for the Cards, I’m cheering for: the Dallas Cowboys
Most Friday nights you’ll find me: relaxing at home or hanging out with neighbors.
If my life were a movie: I hope people would understand that I am a strong, caring woman whose greatest legacy is my three wonderful adult children.
Anything else you’d like the UofL community to know: This is the best and most fulfilling job I have ever had.