Exclusive club: dean earns national fellowship


Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing, has been selected for induction to the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, which recognizes outstanding contributions to national and global health. The academy is the largest full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners, representing the interests of 150,000 nurse practitioners nationwide. AANP established the fellows program in 2000 to honor nurse practitioner leaders who have distinguished themselves through clinical practice, research, education, or policy-making. Fellows conduct an annual think tank to strategize on the future of nurse practitioners and health care, and they are expected to continue their contributions to the profession.

Curricular contributions

Thomas is being recognized primarily for her work in establishing new health clinics and leading the development of a national and international educational curriculum. She currently is helping to develop national standards for nurse practitioner education, among other projects. A resident of Bargersville, Thomas began teaching in UIndy programs in 1996 and joined the University full-time in 2008 as director of nursing graduate programs. She was named dean of the nursing school in 2010. Her tenure at UIndy has included the launch of several new degree programs, often in partnership with local hospitals and health care systems.

Thomas earlier served as a research director at the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Nursing Research in Bethesda, Md., and more recently as coordinator of the University of Michigan School of Nursing Adult Nurse Practitioner Program. She earned her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington.