Interim Dean of the College of Nursing
Professor of Nursing
Campus Phone: 5431
Came to Tusculum: 2021
Dr. Debra Spring, an accomplished professional who has more than four decades of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, has joined the Tusculum University family as interim dean of the College of Nursing.
“I am impressed with how hard the faculty and staff within the College of Nursing work and their dedication to the program and our students,” Dr. Spring said. “The facilities are gorgeous, and the university has a lot of resources in place to support students as they complete their studies.”
After beginning her career in nursing roles at hospitals and a nursing home in Mississippi, Dr. Spring transitioned to higher education in 1980 when she joined Hinds Community College, which is also located in that state. She served there for 35 years, the first 25 as a faculty member and the final 10 as the assistant dean for nursing. She then served as dean of the School of Nursing at Alcorn State University for five years before retiring in 2020.
She has served as an adjunct and part-time faculty member in William Carey University’s School of Nursing since 2014. During the 2021-22 academic year, she is teaching a doctorate-level course there called “Program Evaluation,” which includes a discussion of accreditation and institutional effectiveness. She will also serve as one of the dissertation committee chairs for students enrolled in the PhD program in William Carey’s School of Nursing.
Dr. Spring received a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in psychiatric-mental health nursing, cross-cultural emphasis, administrative role, from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in nursing education/administration from William Carey. She has extensive grant development and grant management experience.
In 2020, Dr. Spring was inducted as a fellow of Academy of Associate Degree Nursing, Organization of Associate Degree Nursing.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Spring’s considerable expertise to guide our College of Nursing to the next level of achievement,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “Working in tandem with our faculty members and consultants, she will position our College of Nursing to an even more significant player in addressing the health care needs of patients.”