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Holiday Greetings

Dear Vol Nurse Family, 

Greetings from Knoxville! Here we are amidst the holiday season as another semester ends. It seems like we just launched the academic year and welcomed students to campus!  

Twenty Twenty Two was an extremely exciting year for  the College of Nursing! We had a record year of enrollments with 1057 students  across all programs. These students’ academic success is reflected through our impressive outcomes on national examinations that are well above the national and state averages. 

During fiscal year 2022, We had $4.3 million in in research funding that is supporting cutting-edge research in areas such as caregiving support, health promotion and disease prevention, the microbiome and human health, and pediatric end of life care. . This is the most research funding in the history of the college.  

In September, we gathered to celebrate one of the biggest events in college history, the ground-breaking for the new Croley Nursing Building. This $85 million, 117,000-square-foot building will support increasing enrollment that will help ease the nursing workforce shortages in Tennessee and beyond. This new facility will nearly triple the space for future students. 

This fall we reimagined our strategic plan and set goals for the next 24 months. We renewed our commitment to our vision- Leading Care. Creating Partnerships. Improving Health. and fully defined our mission that will lead us there.  

In 2023, we will host our 50th Anniversary Gala that will celebrate our mission to educate the next generation of nurse leaders and healthcare professionals. We will  honor 50 of our Vol Nurses for their contributions to their profession, community, or alma mater. This fun-filled evening will include cocktail hour, dinner, award ceremony, and silent auction. I hope that you will consider joining us for this monumental event.  

I look forward with energy and enthusiasm to be steadfast in leading the College of Nursing into the new year. I wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons and hope that the break brings rest and rejuvenation.  


Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN 

Sara Rosenbalm Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair 

Dean and Professor