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Lourdes University
Lourdes University appoints new Dean of Nursing
Sandra Atkinson Greniewicki, RN

Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sandra Atkinson Greniewicki as Lourdes University’s new College of Nursing Dean. Dr. Greniewicki is responsible for leading the direction and management of the university’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She will assume her duties on Monday, December 2, 2019.

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Dr. Greniewicki comes to Lourdes from Brenau University where she played a pivotal role over several decades in the establishment of a three-year nursing diploma program and the subsequent evolution of the institution’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. While at Brenau, the Birmingham, AL native has served in many roles including faculty liaison, consultant, chair, dean, provost, endowed professor, and her most recent position of professor emeritus.


Throughout her career, Dr. Greniewicki has led and taught at several higher education institutions including Western Carolina University, the Troy University System, Concordia University, Michigan State University, and Christopher Newport University. Other appointments include membership in the U.S. Department of Labor Federal Training Program’s community mental health and international studies interdisciplinary team. She has also successfully secured multiple grants focused on health care, aging, elder care, and diversity totaling more than $600,000.


A trailblazer in international health care leadership, Dr. Greniewicki has taught and practiced nursing in several large higher education institutions in China and Mexico. In that capacity, Dr. Greniewicki collaborated with nurse educators, physicians and students, produced scholarly papers and discipline specific lectures for the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Chinese Nursing Association.


“I am excited to begin my time at Lourdes University. Personally and professionally, I am invested in the continuing development and transformation of nursing educational programs. Our role is to promote faithful caring within the healthcare profession and to prepare future nurses who will carry on this tradition,” says Dr. Greniewicki.


A Registered Nurse, she earned an Ed.D. in Adult Education/Public Administration from the University of Georgia, a Master in Art of Gerontology from Concordia University-Chicago, and Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She also holds several certifications including a post-doctorate in nursing – health policy/community health/consultation; higher education, administrative leadership and development; graduate level Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; and Specialist and Fellowship certificates in Gerontology.


“Lourdes administration is confident in Sandra’s abilities to lead the College of Nursing. Through her expertise and guidance, Lourdes nursing faculty and staff will enhance our accredited programs and foster strong partnerships in the healthcare industry while continuing our tradition of graduating excellent graduates and nursing professionals,” says President Gawelek.

Dr. Sandra Atkinson Greniewicki

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Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211. 

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