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Nursing dean chosen for ASAHP award

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 16:11


Shine Huang, Staff Photographer

Susan Hanrahan

Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing, couldn’t be more thrilled to be named the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions’ (ASAHP) outstanding member of the year.

Hanrahan received a plaque at the national conference of the ASAHP, according to a recent press release.

“I was very surprised,” Harahan said. “The board of directors take nominations from the memberships and then they vote on that, and I was very surprised to hear that I was the winner.”

The ASAHP is an organization that supports colleges, like the ASU College of Nursing and Health Professions. They especially support colleges that don’t have a medical school. The organization supports the education, scholarships, and all parts of what colleges do in regard to nursing and health professions.

Every year they give out some awards, and they have been giving out the outstanding member award for a few years now, Hanrahan said.

“I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of that this year.”

Sue McLarry, department chair and associate professor of nursing, has known Hanrahan for 15 years.

“She is great. She is a visionary and very helpful,” McLarry said.

She believes Hanrahan received the award based on her leadership abilities.

“She is active professionally and in the community,” McLarry said.

    Hanrahan works actively in enhancing and changing the curriculum for the College of Nursing. She also works with solving issues with space as well as looking to identify individuals who can help establish endowments to support students and faculty.

    Hanrahan has taken many leadership roles in various organizations and boards.  Before coming to ASU, Hanrahan served as chair of the physical therapy department at Wichita State University.

    “She is very pro-student,” McLarry said.  Hanrahan serves on the advisory committee and interacts frequently with students.

“She listens to what students say and is very supportive,” McLarry continued.

    With such a busy life, Hanrahan explained that one has to be very organized. “I only take on roles or assignments that I feel a commitment to,” Hanrahan said. “It’s not difficult to dedicate time, effort, and energy to those kinds of things.”

    Hanrahan is happy to have found a good college as well as a good administrative team, excellent faculty and students who are selectively admitted into the program. “The community is also very supportive and they care about what we do.”

    Hanrahan came from a home that cared about people, and she believes students who are admitted into the college share that vision as well.

“They want to make a difference,” Hanrahan. “I think if they have those attitudes, if they have that kind of energy, I think that is what happened to me.”

    McLarry said the award Hanrahan received was very fitting and she deserved it.

“We as a faculty are very proud of her as a dean,” McLarry said.

After working at ASU for 18 years as well as being the dean to the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Hanrahan made an impact even on fellow colleagues.  
“I am very proud of her leadership and it has been a pleasure to know her,” McLarry said. “I wouldn’t be in this position if I didn’t know her.”


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