"Dr. Saucier brings a wealth of experience as well as energy and vision, and I look forward to working with her on strengthening an already outstanding program," said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie in making the announcement.
Saucier, who will begin her duties as dean on Aug. 1, has had a distinguished career as a faculty member and an administrator. She is currently a professor of nursing at Indiana State University where she served as dean of nursing for seven years before returning to the faculty ranks in 2005. She was involved in the collaborative development of a new health education center at Indiana that provides teaching, research and practice opportunities for three partners: Indiana University School of Medicine, ISU College of Nursing and Union Hospital Rural Health physician group. The center provides shared classroom, office and clinical space.
She has worked in many regions of the country, serving as faculty, associate dean and department chair at institutions in Missouri, California, Mississippi and Texas. She also has international experience and has worked with a variety of programs and schools both in Europe and Asia. Saucier is a licensed nurse in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, California and Indiana. Her nursing specialties involve nursing of children and nursing theory/research.
"Dr. Saucier will assume leadership of a thriving nursing program facing a dynamic market eager for its quality graduates," said Barbara Seidman, dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. "We are delighted that her many talents will help shape Linfield's contribution to the next iteration of nursing education."
Saucier received her bachelor's from Stephens College in Missouri, a master's in education from the University of Missouri, a master's in science from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Ph.D. in nursing theory and research from Texas Woman's University.
Saucier says she was attracted to Linfield because of its size and reputation.
"Linfield has an excellent reputation for nursing education throughout the country and I look forward to working closely with faculty and students in a community setting," she said. "I think this is a wonderful opportunity to work with people in a smaller setting which I believe provides a more collegial environment that encourages cooperation and growth among faculty and students."