A new era: Dr. Christine Kasper takes over as Pitt Nursing's new dean

Christine Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM, has become the 6th dean at Pitt Nursing. On January 1, 2023, Kasper replaced outgoing dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob who led the school of nursing for 21 years, positioning it as one of the top nursing schools nationwide.

 “I am thrilled to be here at Pitt Nursing and continue to build up our prestigious nursing program,” says Dr. Kasper.

Kasper served the past four years as dean of the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing. She was chosen for the top position at Pitt after a highly competitive national search.

“Dr. Kasper has been chosen from a pool of exceptionally qualified leaders identified through a national search,” said Dr. Anantha Shekhar, senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences after Kasper was announced as dean. “I believe Dr. Kasper is superbly qualified to lead Pitt’s School of Nursing on a continued path of success, and I look forward to working with her closely.”

 “I look forward to speaking with faculty and student groups in depth to figure out how we can advance the school of nursing even further,” Dr. Kasper says. “Coming into such a well-established, top-ranked school, it’s important to engage with the constituents in the university and do this right.”