Dr. Marilyn Wideman Named Kaplan University School of Nursing Dean

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Marilyn Wideman has been named as the dean and vice president of the KaplanUniversity School of Nursing.

Dr. Wideman, with over 40 years of experience, joined the Universitynearly one year ago as the associate dean of online programs for theSchool of Nursing and has been serving as the interim dean since April.

“Marilyn’s expertise and dedication to the nursing field is a truebenefit to our students and the institution,” said Dr. BettyVandenbosch, President of Kaplan University. “The work she is doing herecontinues to position the University and the School of Nursing forcontinued success, including most importantly the graduation ofqualified nursing students.”

Dr. Wideman started her career with a RN diploma from St. Luke’s Schoolof Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, earning her BSN and MSN as apsychiatric clinical nurse specialist from St. Louis University and herDoctor of Nursing Practice with a systems leadership focus at RushUniversity College of Nursing.

Previous to Kaplan University, Dr. Wideman’s extensive experienceincludes progressive leadership and program development roles in variedhealth care and academic settings at Rush University Medical Center andCapella University. Her grant funded work has focused on developingacademic, community, and service partnerships to develop models of carethat blend practice, teaching and research and on interprofessionaleducation models for teams working with underserved populations.

Dr. Wideman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is anaccreditation reviewer for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Educationand American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has served in leadershiproles in national nursing organizations. She recently completed hertenure as a board member on the America Hospital Association’sAssociation for Community Health Improvement Board and currently servesas the president of the Rush University College of Nursing Alumni Boardand a Trustee for Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Wideman is also apeer reviewer for Nursing Outlook and Journal of NursingEducation.

Interviews and photo available upon request.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for highereducation. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent byproviding a practical, student-centered education that prepares them forcareers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, whichhas its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,is accredited by TheHigher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately32,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campusesin Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and KaplanUniversity Learning Centers in Missouri and Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan,Inc., which serves over one million students globally each year throughits array of higher education, test preparation, professional education,English-language training, university preparation, and offerings toindividuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over30 countries, employs more than 15,000 full- and part-timeprofessionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with morethan 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham HoldingsCompany (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information,please visit

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