Melanie D. Logue, DNP, PhD, RN, has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Logue got her start in nursing as a student at GCU, taught in its family nurse practitioner program and chaired the university’s DNP program.
Logue said she was thrilled to be at the helm of the nursing college, where she will set the tone for its 69 faculty and staff, and nearly 13,000 students.
“I’ve got a great team, and I’m really excited and blessed to lead them, to continue to succeed and to move us into the next generation of nursing education,” she said in a news release. “As someone who went to school here, I am GCU. I love nursing and I couldn’t be happier.”
Logue grew up in GCU’s west Phoenix neighborhood and earned the first of her four nursing degrees at the university. She was head-and-shoulders above the rest in her professional and academic skills, according to GCU Provost Hankl Radda.
“Melanie came from Grand Canyon, she made a name for herself in practice, and then she continued her education by earning a master’s degree from Arizona State University and two doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona,” he said in the release. “And now she’s returned home and has shown a great passion for the heart of GCU and its nursing program.”
As GCU’s interim chief nurse administrator for the past six months, Logue earned the respect and trust of nursing faculty, staff and students, Radda said.
Logue earned a BSN from GCU in 1993, then worked for more than 20 years in the field, starting out as a pediatric nurse and finishing as a family nurse practitioner. She taught nursing courses at GCU from 2007-2011, and returned to the university in January 2014 to launch the nursing college’s DNP program.
Logue has an MSN-FNP from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a dual PhD and DNP from the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, Tucson. There, for two years, she was a clinical professor and an academic fellow in the Health Outcomes and Practice Effectiveness Research Center.
She has done grant-funded research on integrative medicine, completed several scholarly projects and has published more than a dozen academic papers. Logue is the newly elected president of the Nu Upsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She was president of the nurse educator chapter of the Arizona Nurses Association and an appointed member of the Arizona Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Committee, and is Arizona’s state representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. •