Sylva native Tracy Arnold, a four-time nursing alumna of Gardner-Webb University, has been appointed as the new dean of the Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) at the Boiling Springs college. She replaces Nicole Waters, who will continue to serve GWU as the associate provost of the College of Health Sciences.
Arnold is a 2000 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School and the daughter of Glen and Debbie Robinson of Sylva.
She 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 said. “As soon as I stepped on campus I felt immediate confirmation that this was where God was leading me.”
Arnold received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2002, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, Master of Science in Nursing Administration in 2006 and Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2012.
She worked eight years at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, 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.
She will further the HSON mission to prepare students to practice holistic and professional nursing and emerge as nurse leaders and healthcare providers, Arnold said.
“As written in our philosophy, the HSON believes that each person is made in the image of God, is unique and whole in the moment, deserving of love and respect,” she said. “As faculty, we are committed to helping students reach their God-given potential.”
For more information on Gardner-Webb’s nursing program, visit gardner-webb.edu/nursing.