Purdue News

May 20, 2005

Purdue trustees OK nursing doctoral program, new Krannert chair

WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, May 20) created a new doctoral program in nursing practice and approved the appointment of a Krannert School of Management professor to a new chair in operations management.

The board approved the new doctor of nursing practice program in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences.

"With this approval, Purdue becomes the only university in Indiana to offer a doctoral program in nursing practice," said Provost Sally Mason. "Coupled with our efforts with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in Purdue's Discovery Park, this program adds another important component to our goal of helping to improve the Indiana health-care system."

The 83-credit hour post-baccalaureate doctoral degree program will emphasize health-care delivery systems and health-care delivery system design and care of rural, underserved populations and the care of the rapidly growing Hispanic population in Indiana. While students accepted into the program will come in with a strong background in individual and family care, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) will give them a strong interdisciplinary focus on community systems, including a residency option in the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, said Julie Novak, head of the School of Nursing.

"Some of our doctoral graduates will go into academics along with other doctoral candidates in nursing," Novak said. "But many in the DNP program will go into hospitals, clinics, public health agencies and community clinics and will influence and create policy for new health-care systems."

The program, which could start as early as next fall, is subject to approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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The trustees also approved the appointment of Ananth Iyer to the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management. Iyer is a professor of management in the Krannert School and director of the global supply chain management initiative, a master's level option.

This appointment brings the number of designated professors to 110. These are individuals whose achievements in scholarship or research have been internationally recognized or who have made a unique contribution to the university through scholarship, research, teaching or leadership functions.

"Krannert was recently named a No. 1 MBA program by regional corporate recruiters by The Wall Street Journal and has consistently been ranked among the world's best," Mason said. "So it is indeed the ultimate in peer recognition for a professor to be singled out for this great honor in such a prestigious area of the university."

Iyer has been at Purdue since 1996 and was named a Purdue Faculty Scholar in 1999. Previously, he taught at the University of Chicago.

Born in India, Iyer received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bombay's Indian Institute of Technology in 1982. He earned a master's degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Syracuse University in 1983 and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987.

His research focuses on analysis of the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models. Other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts and use of data sets in operations management model building.

The chair is named for Susan B. Butler, a 1965 Krannert School graduate who helped fund the position in 2001 and recently donated another gift of $3.65 million for a chair in the Center of Leadership Excellence in Discovery Park.

Butler, a native of Abingdon, Ill., retired in 2002 from Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services organization in Irving, Texas. She was chair of the President's Council between 2002 and 2004 and has been a member of the Campaign for Purdue Steering Committee, Women of Purdue, Krannert School of Management Dean's Advisory Council and the Purdue Research Foundation board of directors. In October 2004, she received the Krannert School's Business Leadership Award.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709, sfmason@purdue.edu

Julie Novak, (765) 494-6644, jnovak@nursing.purdue.edu

Ananth Iyer, (765) 494-4514, aiyer@purdue.edu

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