Provost Jones Announces New CHHS Dean

Dear Colleagues --

I am pleased to share that after a national search we will welcome Kirsten Corazzini as dean of the College of Health and Human Services, effective March 21. Kirsten comes to us from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she currently serves as professor and associate dean of the school’s PhD program. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2019, she was at Duke University School of Nursing from 2002-2019.

After earning her doctorate in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Kirsten served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. The focus of her scholarship is on improving care outcomes of chronically ill older adults in long-term care, with a particular focus on persons living with dementia. She has been funded for her research by the National Institutes of Health, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship in 2015 for her cross-comparative research on professional nursing and nursing home care in the European Union. In recognition of her contributions to the field of gerontology, Kirsten was appointed Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, in 2012.

Thank you to the search committee—co-chaired by Cari Moorhead and Melissa Wells—for its support and work to identify a strong pool of qualified candidates. Please join me in welcoming Kirsten to the UNH community and thanking Mike Ferrara for his years of service in the dean’s office.
Best regards,
Wayne Jones
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs