Office of the Dean

Mary Deletter, PhD, RN


It is my honor and pleasure to greet you as your new interim dean of the University of Louisville School of Nursing.  I have a long history with the School, having obtained my ASN and BSN from UofL in 1978 and 1980, respectively. When I started at UofL in 1976, we were a Division of Nursing under the School of Medicine.  Under the excellent leadership of our Director, Dr. Ruth Craddock, we received our first accreditation and became an independent School in the university in 1977.  I have the utmost respect for the early leaders of the School, and all those who have followed.  I will do my very best to continue to move the School of Nursing along on a positive and productive trajectory.

We are growing in many ways, both in size and support of our students.  Program expansions include: reinstituting our Accelerated BSN Program in May 2022, with students in both Louisville and Owensboro; reopening nurse practitioner education at the MSN level; several post-graduate NP certification tracks, and preparing to open a nurse anesthesia program with our first enrollment in Fall 2023. We now have Samantha Wegner serving as a recruiter in the Office of Student Services, so expect our programs to grow even more!

Student services improvements include providing increased scholarship awards, providing testing at the School of Nursing for students with exam accommodations, and Cardinal Confidence services during Summer 2022. Beginning in early August, Michelle Holbrook, therapist for HSC Campus Health, will be located in the School of Nursing building to more conveniently meet SON students’ needs.

Finally, our faculty are coming back to the 2022-2023 academic year excited to work with students at all levels!  We miss those who have retired or moved on but have several new faculty who bring with them strong research and teaching skills. 

In October we will be celebrating our 2022 Alumni Fellow, Dr. Kimberly Meyer.  Dr. Meyer is not only an alumnus but also has been actively engaged in coordinating and teaching in our adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. What a gift Dr. Meyer has been to the School of Nursing!

I am excited for the coming academic year and look forward to the busy but productive months ahead preparing many Cardinal nurses!

Mary DeLetter, PhD, RN
Interim Dean and Professor
UofL School of NUrsing