A few weeks ago, Judy Neubrander moved from North Carolina, where she was the director of the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University, to central Illinois.

During her trip, she was thinking about her new appointment as the dean of Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN), and was excited about the new journey she was about to begin.

“I am thrilled to be the dean of such a unique college with a rich history,” said Neubrander. “MCN has amazing programs, and faculty have a strong focus on students being successful in their careers.”

Her schedule is already booked with meetings both on and off campus with administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and donors.

“I can tell one of the strengths of Illinois State and MCN is the people. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and working with them on building on our current health care system and continuing to meet the health care needs within our region and abroad.”

Meeting MCN students

Student Leader and MCN Dean

Morgan Love (SNA Vice President) and Dean Neubrander

Neubrander is also looking forward to socializing with the students. During her interview, she met with several students and was so impressed with their excitement for the college, as well as learning about the incredible record of high NCLEX-RN pass rates for MCN graduates.

“I’m so excited to get to know the students, and I hope to have both formal and informal meetings with them. I will work with my assistant, Susan Lynch, to set up sessions—similar to a town hall gathering—to work with the students on various issues. If I see some of our students around campus, I would love to have an impromptu cup of coffee and learn more about them, because they are our future!”

The first formal event Neubrander will have at MCN is the Summer Graduation Reception on Friday, August 5. This event is a celebration for students in the Accelerated B.S.N. option, and RN to B.S.N. program. A few weeks after this event, the fall semester will kick off, and Neubrander looks forward to seeing the faculty and students on campus.

“One of my priorities is to continue MCN’s reputation of being a leader and innovator in nursing education and health care. We already have excellent partnerships with regional hospitals, community colleges and other healthcare organizations, and I look forward to working with our friends and supporters.”

Neubrander is familiar with having a very busy schedule, but she tries to keep a balance and has other passions she enjoys.

“I have a strong faith, and look forward with being involved in a faith community. I also hope to work with the underserved in some capacity. I enjoy running, and just started to play golf. I’m very happy to be here and look forward to learning what Bloomington-Normal has to offer.”