PULLMAN, Wash.–Dorothy M. Detlor-Langan, dean of the School of Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University and a former faculty member of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education headquartered in Spokane, has been named dean of the ICNE effective Aug. 1.
Detlor-Langan’s appointment was announced today by Geoffrey Gamble, interim provost at Washington State University. WSU is responsible for administration of the cooperative nursing program conducted with partners Eastern Washington University and Whitworth College. She succeeds Thelma Cleveland, who retires after serving as ICNE dean since 1982.
A member of the ICNE faculty from 1974 to 1989, Detlor-Langan began her professional career in 1960 after receiving a diploma from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth in 1961, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1973 and a doctorate in educational leadership from Gonzaga University in 1984. A year ago, she attended the Management Development Program of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
She was head nurse at Deaconess Hospital’s emergency department in Spokane, as well as a public health nurse in the Tri-Cities area before moving to Maryland, where she did her graduate study in maternal-child nursing and worked as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University.
Detlor-Langan was an associate professor and member of the graduate faculty when she was named professor and dean of nursing at PLU.
She is a member of several national and regional boards and organizations dedicated to nursing education and health care delivery; active in Sigma Theta Tau, the national society of nursing professionals; and recently was appointed to the National Advisory Committee of ROTC by the Secretary of the Army.
“I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity of leadership with the ICNE,” said Detlor-Langan. “This is an exciting and challenging time for the nursing profession as we move forward to address the nation’s health care needs.”
The ICNE enrolls 500 undergraduate and graduate nursing students with programs at WSU campuses in the Tri-Cities and Vancouver and in Yakima and Wenatchee.

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