LHSON Welcomes Whitney Taylor Cortner as Director of Marketing and Communications

April 25, 2014
DALLAS, TX (April 25, 2014) -- The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in downtown Dallas welcomes Whitney Taylor Cortner as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Ms. Cortner joined the LHSON on March 31, 2014 after relocating from Boulder, Colorado where she has lived for almost 10 years. Her new position supports the mission of the LHSON by working as a member of the senior administrative team and being responsible for the development of marketing and communication programs that support the strategic goals of the LHSON and Baylor University.

“We are fortunate to have Whitney on our team of talent,” said Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, CNE, Dean and Professor, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “She has broad experience in the areas of public relations, communications, marketing, development, and events promotion. Whitney’s love for Baylor is obvious to all who meet her and she will be a strong asset for us.”

Prior to working at the LHSON, Ms. Cortner’s professional portfolio included working for companies in Colorado and Texas. In Colorado she served as the Development Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Foundation in Boulder, Colorado for over five years. She also worked as the Communications Specialist/Managing Editor for the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming, as well as Publications Editor for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. While living in Dallas, Ms. Cortner was the Managing Editor for MARCOA Publishing, Marketing Coordinator for Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center, and Public Relations Account Coordinator for MBRK Public Relations & Advertising.

Accentuating her professional life, Ms. Cortner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Marketing from Baylor University and is also very involved in the community. Currently, she volunteers as a Sustainer (12 year member) with the Junior League of Collin County in Plano, recently transferring from the Junior League of Denver and originally a member of the Junior League of Dallas. She is also a current member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Dallas chapter, the Baylor University Women’s Council of Dallas and previous chapter founder for the Baylor University Women’s Council of Colorado. While living in Colorado, she served on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Public Library Foundation and volunteered with The Children’s Museum of Denver. Ms. Cortner is also a long-time sponsor with Compassion International. Over the years Ms. Cortner has given of her time with the Dallas Evergreen Gala, Dallas Heart Ball, Austin Street Center, Association for Women in Communications, PRSA, and GUYREX Productions of Miss Texas/USA. Ms. Cortner is a resident of Plano, Texas with her husband John Cortner.

The Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1952, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. The School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degrees in advanced neonatal nursing, nursing leadership and innovation, and family nurse practitioner programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School also offers a nurse midwifery doctorate in nursing practice. For more information visit www.baylor.edu/nursing

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference. Follow us on Twitter:@BaylorUMediaCom
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