Nov. 9, 2022

AUSTIN, TEXAS – St. Edward’s University is pleased to welcome Dr. Donna Beuk as the Founding Director of Nursing as the university prepares to launch its first-ever nursing programs. Under her leadership, Dr. Beuk will work with faculty to develop programs that will prepare competent and compassionate nurses who will serve Texans and families beyond the Lone Star State and meet workforce needs in the healthcare field.

Dr. Beuk, who began her role on October 31, brings a wealth of experience to our campus community as a longstanding educator, scholar and a practicing nurse of 12 years.

“We are excited that Dr. Beuk is leading the launch of our nursing programs as the first step of our health sciences initiative in Strategic Plan 2027: A Destination University for a More Just World,” said Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Provost of St. Edward’s University.

Dr. Beuk most recently served as Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Prior to that, she served as the Academic Chair for the School of Nursing at Husson University, as well as Dean of Nursing Education at Pacific College.

Dr. Beuk holds multiple degrees in Nursing from the University of Mobile–including a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science. She also holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama.

The university expects to launch its first nursing program in August 2023.

About St. Edward’s University

St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts university in the Catholic, Holy Cross tradition with approximately 3,600 students. Located in Austin, Texas, it is one of the top universities in the state and offers more than 55 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs. St. Edward’s delivers a premier, highly personalized education that provides students distinctive academics and extensive internships, research and service learning opportunities on a vibrant and inclusive hilltop campus in a world-class city.  St. Edward’s has been recognized for 20 consecutive years as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, St. Edward’s remains in the list of top 10 Best Regional Universities in the West for the 4th consecutive year.