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Dean's Biography

Dean Fahrenwald's Bio

Nancy Fahrenwald brings more than 30 years of academic nursing, practice and research experience to her new role as Dean of Texas A&M College of Nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards for research, teaching and service including being named a Millennium Leadership Institute Protégé by American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She received the Champion’s Award from the South Dakota Women’s Cancer Network and was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States by Mometrix.   

Dr. Fahrenwald served as dean and professor at South Dakota State University College of Nursing since 2013, where she oversaw the growth of four educational sites, including programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. She spent 22 years at South Dakota State University, beginning as an instructor in 1995, and serving as the inaugural associate dean for research prior to her appointment as dean.

As a board certified advanced public health nurse, Dr. Fahrenwald has worked in collaboration with local, state, regional and national organizations and groups to translate research evidence into sustainable programs that support tobacco cessation and prevention, improve access to primary health care, and impact chronic disease prevention and control.  She has led or provided consultation to 30 funded research or training projects. Her extensive experience with multiple federal agencies focuses on rural health care access and the needs of underserved populations. 

Dr. Fahrenwald serves nationally on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and as a Government Affairs Committee member for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has served on numerous review panels for the South Dakota Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Fahrenwald received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from South Dakota State University, Master of Science in nursing at the University of Portland and PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.