Jan Dinkel recognized by the American Association of University Women

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Jan Dinkel, Simpson University's director of nursing, was honored with the Women of Achievement for Community Service award by the Redding Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Dinkel was recognized at the AAUW's 34th annual awards presentation on Thursday.

The community service award is presented to women who serve in leadership positions in the community, foster personal development, further their education and are considered role models to others.

"I am so humbled and overwhelmed by this honor," said Dinkel. "This is a very prestigious award for me coming from the AAUW."

Patty Taylor, dean of Adult Studies at Simpson, said, "Jan is someone who invests in other people. She has spent a lifetime serving, mentoring and modeling what it is like to be a lifelong learner. Her passion for education and holistic development of the students is first and foremost. She has been an agent of change for healthcare in the north state for many years and is very deserving of this award."

Before retiring in 2005, Dinkel served as the dean of the Nursing and Health Sciences program at Shasta College. During her tenure she developed the dental hygiene program and helped raise $600,000 in Shasta and Tehama counties. She also worked with the Shasta College architect to find a location and assist with the design of the Shasta College Health Sciences University building in downtown Redding. Her goal was to provide dental education and services to low-income children and their families in the local community.

After her retirement, Jan began working with College of the Siskiyous to design an RN program, and she served as the lead coordinator for Simpson University's 16-month RN-to-BSN step-up program, offered through the Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. In July 2010 she began working with Simpson to launch their four-year nursing program.

Dinkel assists the Board of Registered Nurses by working in the field with nurses who require assistance, and she served on the Board of Directors at both Mercy Medical Center and Shasta Regional Medical Center.

Dinkel has counseled several LVN students and encouraged them to earn an RN license. She works with them to develop their communication skills and to access grants and scholarships.

She earned her nursing diploma from O'Connor School of Nursing in San Jose and her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Chico State University. Her graduate coursework was completed at Stanford University Hospital.

The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include 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 simpsonu.edu.


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