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UPIKE names dean of Elliott School of Nursing

Karen Damron
Has been at UPIKE since 1998

Has been at UPIKE since 1998

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (June 30, 2017) — Karen Damron has been named dean of the Elliott School of Nursing at the University of Pikeville. Damron currently serves as associate professor of nursing at UPIKE and will assume the leadership position in July.

Karen Damron
Karen Damron

Damron was raised in El Paso moving to Pikeville in 1993, and has taught full-time at the university since 1998. Prior to becoming an educator, Damron worked full-time as an RN in obstetrics and neonatal intensive care in hospitals in Texas and Maine.

Damron earned her doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of Kentucky. She holds a master of science degree in nursing from Bellarmine University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso.

In 2010, Damron was appointed by the Mellon Foundations as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. She earned UPIKE’s William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and was awarded a pre-doctoral faculty fellowship by the Appalachian College Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her research interests include perinatal smoking and factors that impact a woman’s smoking status in pregnancy.

She and her husband, Larry, reside in Pikeville and have four sons and three grandchildren.