Kostrzewski Named Chief Nurse Administrator and Associate Dean of Nursing



Dr. Diana Kostrzewski has joined Bemidji State University’s Department of Nursing as chief nurse administrator and associate dean of nursing.

She came to BSU from the University of North Dakota, where she had been interim dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.

Dr. James White, interim dean of BSU’s College of Individual and Community Health, said Kostrzewski was selected based on her extensive background as a successful leader and administrator of health care programs in higher education.

“Throughout her extensive career, Dr. Kostrzewski has gained leadership skills and program accreditation knowledge while working across variety of academic settings,” he said. “She brings a wealth of experience to the BSU nursing program.”

As chief nurse administrator and associate dean of nursing at Bemidji State, Kostrzewski will lead and manage BSU’s nursing program while maintaining the university’s strong reputation as one of the top nursing degree programs in Minnesota. She will oversee program accreditation, strategic planning and the development of policies that support nursing faculty, staff and students.

Kostrzewski had served in her interim dean role at North Dakota since early 2019. Prior to her interim appointment she had been a clinical associate professor and graduate program chair as a member of the college’s faculty since 2018.

Kostrzewski’s in a second term as a member of the North Dakota Board of Nursing’s Education Committee. Before joining the faculty at North Dakota, she spent time as the assistant vice president of nursing and national dean of nursing for Minneapolis-based Zenith Education Group; dean of nursing at the Denver School of Nursing; and held faculty and administrative nursing positions at Rasmussen College; Colorado Technical University; Lake Superior College and the College of St. Scholastica. She also directed the practical nursing program at East Grand Forks Technical College (now Northland Community & Technical College), where she earned her practical nursing degree.

Kostrzewski received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and her master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She has a doctorate in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University.