Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tracy Arnold, New HSON Dean

Arnold, a Four-Time Alumna, Will Lead Nursing Programs

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tracy Arnold, New HSON Dean

Dr. Tracy Arnold, a four-time nursing alumna, has been appointed as the new dean of the Hunt School of Nursing (HSON). Arnold, a native of Sylva, N.C., was a seventh-grader the first time she came to Gardner-Webb to perform with her jump rope team during half time at a basketball game. A few years later, when she was looking for a nursing program, GWU came to mind. “During my senior year of high school, I decided to come back to Gardner-Webb for a college tour,” Arnold reflected. “As soon as I stepped on campus I felt immediate confirmation that this was where God was leading me.”

She received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2002, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration in 2006 and Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2012. She worked eight years at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, N.C., in a variety of departments, including medical-surgical, progressive coronary care and performance improvement. For three years, she was the clinical nurse manager on a medical-surgical unit. She began as full-time faculty in HSON in 2010.

Arnold is grateful for the HSON’s rich history of strong female leadership. “I have had the privilege of being a student or faculty member under every former dean of the HSON,” she shared. “Drs. (Shirley) Toney, (Rebecca) Beck-Little, (Sharon) Starr, and Waters have made significant contributions to the HSON and have each individually invested time in helping me grow personally and professionally. I absolutely credit Gardner-Webb University, the HSON, and the influence of these female leaders for helping me become the person I am today. I am passionate about nursing, students, and leadership and I feel honored and privileged to serve in a role that allows me to work within my passions.”

One of her goals will be to expand the number of service-learning opportunities for students. “I hope to co-create a vision with the nursing faculty that every student within the HSON will have specific opportunities to exemplify what it means to be a Bulldog Nurse through service to others,” she expressed. “As Christians, we are called to use our talents to serve and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I hope over the next five years, our University motto, ‘For God and Humanity,’ will become a lived experience for all of our students as we continue to seek opportunities to serve our community.”

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