September 14, 2006 

WORCESTER, Mass. - After providing insightful and creative leadership in an interim role following the departure of her predecessor, Paulette Seymour Route, PhD, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) at the University of Massachusetts Worcester (UMW). 

"Dr. Seymour Route's ability to lead the GSN-to work with the faculty to establish priorities, support faculty and student recruitment, and manage the educational and research missions of the GSN-has proven remarkable," explained UMW Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare. "As the search process unfolded, in fact, it became difficult to imagine a candidate better suited to the challenges and opportunities of the GSN in this particular time in its history." 

A graduate of the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing, Dr. Seymour Route received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Worcester State College, a master's degree in nursing from Boston College and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Before joining what was then the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the faculty of the GSN in 1990, she was a clinical nurse specialist at Worcester City Hospital. Immediately prior to her appointment as interim dean in October 2005, Seymour Route served as associate dean for practice and assistant professor of nursing for the GSN and chief nursing officer and senior vice president for UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of UMMS. While she is stepping down from her clinical leadership role to devote her full effort to the GSN, Seymour-Route will continue to assist UMass Memorial in system-wide nursing matters. 

During her tenure at UMW, Seymour Route's academic and clinical research has focused on the adult cardiac population and organizational development in health care environments. She has presented her findings at professional conferences throughout the United States and is a member of a number of professional associations dedicated to the advancement and education of nurses, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Chief Nursing Officer Council of  the University HealthSystem Consortium, the Health Management Academy, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives, where she chairs the Research Committee.  

"It has truly been a privilege for me to serve as interim dean of the GSN and as the chief nursing officer for UMass Memorial," Seymour Route said. "As dean, I look forward to leading our outstanding nursing faculty and students as we pursue the exciting course set by my predecessors." 

The GSN was founded in 1986 to provide masters, post-masters, doctoral and post-doctoral programs to prepare advanced nurses, nurse scientists, and educators to lead innovation in health care delivery and nursing through the integration of education, research, practice, and service. The GSN is distinctive as the only nursing school in the Commonwealth with its sole focus on graduate nursing education, and is one of only three nursing schools in New England based at an academic health sciences center, sharing campus resources and facilities with the Commonwealth's only public medical school, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care.