Simpson University hires Director of Nursing

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Jan Dinkel, who was dean of nursing at Shasta College for 30 years, will head Simpson University’s new nursing program, beginning July 1.

Dinkel is also the lead faculty coordinator for Simpson’s 16-month RN-to-BSN step-up program, offered through the Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. A nursing education consultant, she helped the university gain recent approval from the state Board of Registered Nursing for its new undergraduate four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“We are delighted that Jan has accepted the director position for our new nursing program,” said Dr. Stanley Clark, Simpson University provost. “She has served us effectively as a consultant for several years, and she possesses both the experience and the wisdom to provide visionary leadership as we grow. Her credentials are uniquely matched to our need for a strong start in nursing. We look forward to her leadership.”

Dinkel has many years of professional nursing experience in Northern California, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chico State University and additional graduate coursework from Stanford University Hospital.

Dinkel said she looks forward to being the program’s first director.

“There is a tremendous need for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree,” she said. “Employers have told us about their concern over a nurse shortage, and in particular the need for bachelor’s-prepared registered nurses in acute care hospitals and in public and community health areas. Accessibility to higher education has been an issue for nurses in the north state. Simpson University will certainly be helping meet this need.”

The university’s new BSN program, which launches this fall, is designed to prepare entry-level professional nurses to effectively serve the health needs of the community, society and the world. Students will be prepared for eligibility for registered nursing licensure in California.

“We are looking to educate a diverse student population to care for individuals, families and communities,” Dinkel said.

Fundraising is under way for a new Science and Nursing Center to be constructed on campus.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs includes ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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