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The College of Nursing Welcomes New Dean Patricia Morton


Dr. Morton has an impressive track record of successful leadership at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and now, she will lead the University of Utah College of Nursing as dean.

A nationally known expert in nursing education, critical care and cardiovascular nursing, Dr. Morton has most recently worked as professor and associate dean for academic affairs. She is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC), a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

At the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Dr. Morton was responsible for the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in nursing, which enrolled more than 1,700 students. She served as principal investigator of a grant that funded the development of a student success center for entry level students; co-led the development of a nurse anesthesia master's specialty and served as the principal investigator of a grant that funded the program; established the first simulation laboratory at the school and obtained more than $3.3 million in grants and in-kind gifts to support the expansion of the simulation center and co-chaired a campus-wide inter-professional education task force.

In addition to her new role as dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Morton will hold the Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair.


 “I am excited to lead a talented nursing community at the University of Utah. I’m impressed by the collaborative spirit within the College of Nursing, where educators, researchers and clinicians join together to advance health and quality of life.”

Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair 



  • Author of Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach a textbook now in its 10th addition
  • Selected as one of thirty international nurses for the Global Nursing Leadership Institute
  • Served on the University of Maryland School of Nursing strategic plan implementation committee; co-championed the goal to integrate the research mission with the academic mission
  • Selected for the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education
  • Selected as a Helene Fuld Fellow for Leadership in Academic Nursing Programs



  • Co-Chair, Inter-professional Education Committee, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Member, Maryland Regional Action Coalition for Health
  • Member, Nominating Committee of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Member, Board of Directors, The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Member, Deans and Directors of Nursing Programs in Maryland


 Awards and Honors

  • Named one of the Top Five Reviewers for 2010 for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Recipient of the Excellent Faculty Colleague Award, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2009
  • Named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, 2001
  • Recognized as an Outstanding Mentor by the Journal of Critical Care Nurse, 2000
  • Recognized as one of the Outstanding Educators by the Maryland Association for Higher Education, 1992 


“We are thrilled to bring on a national leader in Patricia Morton to continue building on the strong tradition of excellence at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Dr. Morton is a remarkable individual with enormous energy and enthusiasm and an impressive track record of success.”

- Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Health Sciences