TTU School of Nursing Names New Dean

As Tennessee Technological University welcomes back students, the university's School of Nursing is welcoming Marilyn J. Musacchio as its new dean.

Musacchio, former director for nurse-midwifery and associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, brings extensive experience in administration, research, teaching, service and clinical practice to the position.

She received her bachelor's degree from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., her master's and nurse-midwife certificate from the University of Kentucky at Lexington, and her doctorate in nursing research from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Oh.

After 16 years at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Musacchio joined the University of Alabama School of Nursing in 1992. Her distinguished career includes more than 25 years of service to the U.S. Army Reserve, including an appointment as Brigadier General. She was only the second reserve female and second reserve nurse ever to hold that position. Her numerous awards include the highest award for recognition of professional accomplishment in the Army Medical Department awarded by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army.

Musacchio saw many features that attracted her to Tennessee Tech's School of Nursing.

"Tennessee Tech's nursing program attracted me because of its upper division baccalaureate program. I see Tech as a place ready for expansion with a bachelor of science in nursing program, with graduate opportunities and with its collaboration with other area programs through distance learning."

She hopes to build on this foundation and embark on her plan to enhance the program.

"The nursing program is a stable program with excellent educators who produce excellent outcomes. As I look at the future, I see us focusing on increasing the number of students. One of my main goals is to expand the bachelor of science in nursing program, specifically the RN-BSN option. And I see distance learning as a major part of the future. We will assess the needs of our service area and see who would benefit from our outreach."

Besides being an administrator, Musacchio will assist in teaching Nursing 101 this semester. She plans to include maternal and child nursing classes in her future duties, following an interest she pursued for many years.

"From 1975 until 1996, I regularly worked in clinics with students delivering babies and working with mothers. I enjoyed the clinical work. It's such a part of my experience as a nurse and a teacher."