Samford nursing school renamed


September 9, 2020

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Samford’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing will be renamed to honor current namesake Ida V. Moffett and former dean Nena F. Sanders, who retired in May. The school will now be known as Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing.

Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland announced the trustee-approved change Aug. 25 during the university’s fall semester opening convocation.

Westmoreland called both women “trailblazers within the profession” and said “their work will continue to benefit students here at Samford and patients around the world.”

The name change honors the legacy of Moffett, whose vision for the nursing school and the role of the bedside nurse has transcended nearly 100 years, according to a statement from Samford.

Likewise, Sanders transformed numerous health care systems throughout her career. Under her two decades of leadership at Samford, the nursing school earned numerous rankings and recognitions, expanded its degree programs, set new enrollment records and pioneered online education at Samford.

Sanders also played a central role in the development of the College of Health Sciences which is comprised of the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions and School of Public Health. In addition to her role as the dean of the nursing school she also served as the college’s founding vice provost. (Samford/TAB)


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