Jeanine Gangeness

Founding Dean: School of Nursing

Office/Department: Nursing, School of

Location: Sattgast Hall 325

Phone: (218) 755-3870

Box #: 40


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My personal mission as a nursing faculty is to provide the best educational opportunities for each student, encouraging them to demonstrate what I consider to be the ideal combination of skills as a nurse “extreme brilliance and compassion”. This mission is connected to my belief that everyone has the ability to achieve their dreams and when given the resources all students can reach their highest potential.

My mission is best reflected by JFK “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

Professional Biography

Jeanine E. Gangeness is the Founding Dean of the Bemidji School of Nursing, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. Located in northern Minnesota, these institutions offer a full range of academic programs including custom business workshops, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees and master’s degrees. Gangeness leads nursing programs that award certifications, diplomas, Associate Degrees, and Baccalaureate Degrees. Her collaborative approach has resulted in the launch of a community health worker program, Associate Degree in Broad-Field Sciences, and a graduate certificate in camp nursing. Her expertise in accreditation includes being a site visitor for regional (HLC) and discipline specific commissions (CCNE). She has lead the work to develop lower division nursing programs that meet accreditation (ACEN) standards. Gangeness consulted with teams to review dental and teaching assessment plans (Commission on Dental Accreditation of ADA, NCATE).

Gangeness has experience with university-wide master academic planning, developing business plans for the launch of programs, and was the trailblazer for an entrepreneurial program model that expanded student access and netted over $60,000 in the first year. The leadership approach Gangeness employs with her talented team is Strengthsfinder © and Strengths Leadership ©. At the university she served as the Incident Commander for the mass dispensing event which engaged all university and college students, departments, student health and counseling, environmental health and safety, physical plant, university business office, state health department, and two local county health departments. This emergency preparedness activity gained state acclaim for testing the computer modeling and for being the largest system test in the state of its kind.

As a tenured and full professor, Gangeness chaired (’07) departmental efforts in program reviews and accreditation achieving full accreditation during a time of start-up and transition in the department. As chair, Gangeness facilitated (’07-’12) an increase in enrollment from 40 to over 600 students and 4 to 15 full time faculty through development and expansion of nursing programming. These efforts were funded by a national HRSA grant, state system grant (MnSCU), and internal investment funding. The generic program expansion has resulted in an institutional net gain of over $500,000 annually.

Gangeness has modeled best practices in academic industry/practice partnerships and sister-institution partnerships. She has established and cultivated distance and on-ground programming with seven community and technical colleges. Gangeness served on the state executive committee for the Inter-Faculty Organization at Bemidji State, which is the union for faculty in the MnSCU system. This union member experience has informed her practice as an administrator with employees in two faculty unions and 3 classified employee unions.

Gangeness has gained valuable national level experience in leadership by attending programs for leadership. The Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) (’10) and Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, Fellow (’11) honed her leadership skills. Further leadership experiences include her active participation in the AASCU Becoming A Provost Academy (2014-15) and appointment to the Minnesota Board of Nursing (’13) by now Governor Dayton.

She graduated from the University of North Dakota (’92, ’02, ’07) and holds a Master’s of Science degree, and PhD degree, all in nursing. Gangeness has presented extensively and published, all peer reviewed, in leadership, strategic planning, collaborative education programming, tobacco policy, case study design, built environments, and online nursing education.