Board of Trustees approves Marilyn Herrmann as dean of School of Nursing
Marilyn M. Herrmann, PhD, RN (left), is introduced as the new dean of the School of Nursing by Helen King, PhD, RN, at Faculty Council held Friday, December 9.
In a Loma Linda University Board of Trustees action, Wednesday, December 7, Marilyn M. Herrmann, PhD, RN, associate dean of the undergraduate program for the School of Nursing, was voted as the new dean of the School of Nursing.
The appointment of Dr. Herrmann becomes effective January 1 and fills the vacancy left by Helen King, PhD, RN, who is retiring.
Marilyn Murdoch was born in England, where her father was serving as principal of Newbold College during World War II. At the end of the war, the Murdochs moved to Australian Missionary College, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia, and lived there for six years. In 1959, the Murdochs moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where her father taught at the theological seminary. After attending Andrews University for one year, Marilyn transferred to Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland, and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
After seven months of working as a registered nurse, Marilyn married E. Cliff Herrmann and moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where Cliff completed a PhD in biochemistry. Marilyn worked in Floyd as the only public health nurse in the county.
In March of 1980, Marilyn completed her master’s degree at Loma Linda University and began teaching at the School of Nursing. In 1989, she was asked to be the assistant dean for the undergraduate program. Upon graduation from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, with a PhD in higher education, she was promoted to associate dean. Dr. Herrmann has continued in that capacity since then.
Dedication to Loma Linda University runs strong in Dr. Herrmann’s family, as she has two brothers that also work LLU, J. Lamont Murdoch, MD, professor of internal medicine, School of Medicine, and William G. C. Murdoch, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine.
“During these years at LLU, my greatest satisfaction has been to see more than 2,000 students become colleagues in the profession of nursing, and my hope is that these students are fulfilling the mission of the University, with God’s help, ‘to make man whole,’” says Dr. Herrmann.
Dr. Herrmann can be contacted at the School of Nursing, West Hall, Room 1101, (909) 558-4517, or extension 44517.