Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, effective Feb. 2, according to a news release.
“We are excited that Dr. Frazier is returning to UTHealth to lead our outstanding and nationally recognized nursing school,” Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, president of UTHealth, said in the release. “I am confident that Dr. Frazier will further the school’s legacy of service to its students, faculty and community.”
Frazier succeeds Patricia Starck, PhD, RN, FAAN, who announced her pending retirement last February following an unprecedented 30-year tenure as dean. Starck also serves as UTHealth’s senior vice president for interprofessional education, and continues in that role.
“It is an honor and a privilege to come back to Houston and UTHealth,” Frazier said in the release. “The school is my alma mater and I am excited to serve with the faculty and move the school forward. My objectives are to take the school forward in both education and research. I want to focus on building the research agenda and the interprofessional collaboration. This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the solid foundation left by
Frazier received her doctorate at the UTHealth School of Nursing, where she also earned her MSN, according to the release. After her PhD program, Frazier studied genetics and hypertension at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases at UTHealth. Frazier received her MS in clinical research from the UTHealth Medical School, BSN from the University of (Norman) Oklahoma and ADN from Southwest Texas State University, now called Texas State University, San Marcos.
Frazier joined the UTHealth School of Nursing in 1997 as a research assistant, according to the release. In 2002, she was honored as a distinguished alumna. She also was the project director of the TexGen Research Project, a collaboration among UTHealth, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, from 2001 to 2011.