Simpson University Names the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing
For Immediate Release
Dr. Betty M. Dean of Chico wears a Simpson University nursing faculty lab coat given her during a March ceremony to name the university’s School of Nursing in her honor. / Photos by Matt Murnan
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University hosted a ceremony March 18 to name its nursing school after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Board of Trustee member, former nurse and college president. Dr. Dean is a resident of Chico, Calif.
Nursing students joined about 70 people, including faculty, staff, trustees, friends and family, at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing Naming Ceremony on the second floor of the Science and Nursing Center at 2 p.m.
Dr. Dean exemplifies thoughtful professionalism, strong character, and a profound Christian faith—“the whole package,” said Dr. Jo Anne Cripe, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, who has known Dr. Dean for about 25 years.
“These are the qualities we’d like each graduate to bring to the world,” Dr. Cripe said. “We are confident that God will do great things over many generations as a result of the work of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing.”
After a successful nursing career, Dr. Dean transitioned to college administration at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif. She eventually became president of Mission Community College in Santa Clara, and retired in 1998 as the superintendent-president of the Butte-Glenn Community College District.
She is in her ninth year as a member of Simpson University’s board, including four as chair. Dr. Cripe, President Robin Dummer, Dr. Gayle Copeland, and nursing school Dean Kristie Stephens spoke highly of Dr. Dean’s leadership and mentoring skills, even as she has faced her own recent battle with cancer.
“She is a nurse at heart and in spirit,” said Dr. Copeland, provost of Simpson University. “Her vision of her vocation was to help shepherd those who will be the hands of Jesus.”
President Dummer read aloud comments about Dr. Dean that were compiled into a special book presented to her at the ceremony, along with a white labcoat and honorary faculty designation given her by Stephens. A plaque and lettering was unveiled on a wall outside the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing office.
“We honor you as we name this school the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, but you have equally honored us with your life and service,” Dr. Dummer said.
Dr. Dean thanked board colleagues, community members, past and present Simpson administrators, faculty and staff, university donors, friends, and relatives, including her husband, Clyde Powers, two daughters and their families, who were present at the ceremony.
"It is your heart that will enhance your practice and allow you to express fully all it means to be an outstanding practitioner. Guard your heart. You will reach your full competence only with the appropriate melding of heart and head."
— Dr. Betty Dean
“Through the years, I’ve had an incredible privilege to work with people who are highly skilled, competent and have willing hearts to serve,” Dr. Dean said.
She noted that of all her career accomplishments, her father was most proud of the fact that she had been a nurse. “Whenever he would introduce me, long after I had assumed many other positions, Dad would say, ‘This is Betty Dean, my daughter, and she’s a nurse,’” she said.
Dr. Dean ended her remarks by addressing the nursing students who lined the stairwell in their black scrubs.
“It is your heart that will enhance your practice and allow you to express fully all it means to be an outstanding practitioner,” she told them. “Guard your heart. You will reach your full competence only with the appropriate melding of heart and head.”
She reminded them, “Your real impact is the eternal consequence of your ministry. Treat with competence. Practice with care.”
Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at simpsonu.edu/nursing.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
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