February 15, 2008

Nursing School’s Schuster relocating

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Mindy Schuster

Nursing School’s Schuster relocating

Mindy Schuster, assistant dean for Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is leaving her position after more than nine years. She is relocating to Washington, D.C., with her husband and four school-age children in early March.

“Mindy has made an indelible mark on the Nursing School,” said VUSN Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D. “Her many contributions have made us even stronger and will continue to be felt for many years to come.”

Working closely with Conway-Welch, Schuster has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the School, directing fiscal, facility, human resources and strategic initiatives. She is credited with streamlining operations and helping develop a strong team environment. Additionally, she spearheaded several projects, including the two-year Godchaux Hall Renovation project and plans for the School's upcoming 100-year anniversary and Centennial book.

A native of New York, Schuster has been a resident of Nashville since earning her Masters of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt. She worked in several leadership roles with health care associations and met Conway-Welch while Schuster was serving as director of the Citizens TennCare Review Commission.

“I was very impressed with how she handled complicated issues and was able to engage people with many different perspectives,” said Conway-Welch. “I knew then that I wanted her to work with me one day.”

Schuster became executive director of Community Rehabilitation Agencies of Tennessee and served in that position for two years before Conway-Welch tapped her to join VUSN.

“I have been blessed to work with the best staff and faculty in the Medical Center,” said Schuster. “It's not easy to leave such an incredible place.”