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Bethel Announces New Nursing Dean

Deborah Gillum, Ph.D., of Syracuse, Ind., will soon be Bethel College’s new dean of nursing. She replaces Carol Dorough, Ed.D.

Gillum is no stranger to Bethel. In 2004, she was hired as an adjunct faculty member in the nursing department. She eventually moved into roles as assistant professor and associate dean of nursing. Earlier in her career she served as a staff nurse and family nurse practitioner at several facilities.

“I have not left any of these roles because I no longer enjoyed it, but because I was challenged to do something more,” says Gillum. “Oftentimes, I was not sure what the ultimate goal would be, I just knew I was on the right path. The Lord has used each of my experiences to prepare me for this new and challenging role.”

Gillum received an Associate of Science in Nursing from Anderson University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University; and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University. She also completed an independent study from the University of Arizona. Gillum successfully defended her research, “Cardiovascular Knowledge, Beliefs and Healthcare Practices of Old Order Amish of Northern Indiana,” and graduated with a doctorate in nursing from Rush University Medical Center in 2010.

While she was working on her doctorate, Gillum received the Golden Lamp Award at the Rush University Medical Center. This prestigious award is presented by the Golden Lamp Society, Rush University Nursing Alumni Association, to merit scholars who are at the dissertation stage of their studies and show promise in developing a career in nursing research.

Gillum’s hope for the school of nursing is that it will continue to evolve.

“While we continue to grow, we must not lose sight of the roots that helped us grow and keep us anchored. Our faculty nurture students to help them grow into nurses who are strong academically, clinically and spiritually. Our faculty know and care for each and every student, which sets us apart from many others schools.”

Gillum will start her new position on July 1.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.