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Nursing professor prepares to lead UHV Faculty Senate

Aug. 11, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.

Denise Neill

Denise Neill will begin her year as University of Houston-Victoria 2012-13 Faculty Senate.

A faculty member in UHV School of Nursing, Neill has extensive experience serving on committees.

Neill served on the Senate for four years and was vice president this past academic year.

A coordinator of two UHV nursing programs, she also will be promoted to associate professor on Sept. 1.

Neill said her No. 1 priority for the year ahead is to get the faculty ready for re-accreditation.

UHV is preparing for a spring 2014 accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, headquartered in Atlanta.

Although UHV already is accredited by SACS, member institutions must go through periodic reviews that show the university is continuing to provide quality education consistent with SACS guidelines.

SACS is the accreditor for all universities and colleges in an 11-state region that includes Texas.

"We will need the faculty's help to identify any areas we need to strengthen," she said. "Then we will discuss ways to make improvements where necessary."

UHV President Phil Castille said the Senate is in good hands under Neill's leadership.

"Despite having a full plate with her teaching and research, Dr. Neill has always lent a hand to serve the university its community," he said. "She is deeply knowledgeable about the university as a whole, the re-accreditation process and is in touch with the desires of the faculty. I look forward to working with her and the entire Faculty Senate to ensure that the lines of communication between the administration and faculty are always open."

Neill said most of the 2011-12 Senate projects are done, so the faculty has a clean slate for the new school year.

"We will be maintaining what we've done in the past and looking to grow," Neill said. "One thing I want to emphasize to our younger faculty this year is how the Senate works with the administration to get things accomplished through shared governance."

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