Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Dean and Clinical Associate Professor
PhD University of Texas Arlington
MS Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
BSN Baylor University
Dr. Linda Plank will serve as Dean (effective May 1, 2021) and will continue as Clinical Associate Professor of the Baylor University University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Previously, she served as Interim Dean from July 2020 through April 2021, while also in the role of Clinical Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the LHSON.
Dr. Plank earned her B.S. in nursing from Baylor, an M.S. from Texas Woman’s University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).
After graduating from Baylor in 1977, she began as a registered nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where she worked for more than three decades as an RN, a nursing administrator and eventually as Vice President for Medical-Surgical Nursing. In 2008, she was recruited by her alma mater to begin a teaching career, starting as a nursing lecturer in 2009.
In April 2012, Plank was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the LHSON. In 2015, she added the newly created Clinical Track to her role, beginning with the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor and later promotion to Clinical Associate Professor in 2018. She has taught in the undergraduate program, the accelerated FastBacc BSN Track and the graduate program, including courses in Management and Leadership, Professional Nursing Development: Consumer of Research, Health Assessment Lab, Nursing Informatics, Issues in Health Care and Practice, and Budgeting and Health Care Finance for Nursing Leadership. In 2019, she was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean on July 1, 2020.