Mary Beth Hanner
continued “Sometimes they are on the battlefield when they are taking courses,” she said.
The nursing program, which she was formerly the dean of, has also changed over time. Over time, the student makeup in the program has evolved from mostly middle-aged, white women to include more men and a greater variety of ages and ethnic backgrounds. These days, around 25 percent of the nursing graduates are men.
Getting to focus more on the academic programming and working closer with students is what Hanner said she is looking forward to as provost.
“It is kind of fun to be back working with the deans and dealing more with the academic programs,” she said. “Being closer with the students for me, most days, is fun.”