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Niederhauser Appointed to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Leadership Knoxville Board


Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the UT College of Nursing, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for two Knoxville organizations.

“Dr. Niederhauser is a recognized leader who is passionate about helping Children’s Hospital continue to provide the best possible expert care to our community’s children,” says Joe Childs, chief medical officer of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “She also understands the importance of educating tomorrow’s nurses about the complexities of pediatric medicine. She is a great addition to our board of directors.”

The hospital is certified by the state of Tennessee as one of four Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers in Tennessee and is accredited by the Joint Commission. The hospital’s board of directors comprises 21 community leaders. Each is committed to the hospital’s mission of improving the health of children through exceptional comprehensive family-centered care, wellness, and education. Niederhauser was one of four new members selected to join the board.

Niederhauser was also selected to join the board of directors of Leadership Knoxville. She will serve as the chair of the Leadership Knoxville Scholars Committee during her time on the board.

“Victoria Niederhauser, a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2014, was chosen to serve because of her commitment to the students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and to our vision: Every Leader, a Servant Leader,” says Samantha Edwards, director of strategic partnerships and initiatives at Leadership Knoxville. “Through Dean Niederhauser’s work at UT and in the community, we know that she will make a wonderful addition to our board of directors. We look forward to the year ahead as our community continues to develop a continuum of leaders from youth to seniors.”

Leadership Knoxville Scholars (LKS) takes an innovative approach to leadership education through community partnerships, bringing together student leaders in collaboration with Leadership Knoxville. LKS targets the best and brightest student leaders at the university and connects them to impactful leaders within the Knoxville community. LKS operates under the core values of servant leadership, community building, and social change. LKS is an intensive two-year leadership development and community immersion program.

Niederhauser joined the College of Nursing in 2011 and during her tenure has demonstrated her commitment to improving access to education, advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives, and creating innovative solutions to address challenging issues in nursing education. “I am thrilled to serve the community through these board appointments” says Niederhauser, “As a nurse and academic leader I believe I can bring a helpful perspective and learn ways to support these two wonderful organizations”

Niederhauser is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and a fellow of the Academy of Nursing. In 2019, Niederhauser was named to the Sara Rosenbalm Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair—the first endowed dean’s chair for the college. The focus of her scholarly activities is in the area of child and adolescent health promotion and disease prevention with an emphasis on immunizations and childhood obesity.

Niederhauser began her term at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on July 1. She began her term at Leadership Knoxville in June.