UNCG Nursing’s first dean remembered

Posted on November 01, 2021

Photo of Dr. Metzger at the Dean's Suite

The founding dean for UNCG’s School of Nursing was Dr. Eloise R. Lewis (1966-85), a nationally lauded figure in nursing.

She received the prestigious O. Max Gardner Award, served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and was the first editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Dr. Stephanie G. Metzger ’84 was greatly inspired by Dean Lewis – as many were – and honored her through a major gift for the new Dean’s Suite in the new Nursing and Instructional Building. Metzger notes that Dean Lewis’ stellar reputation is a key reason she chose to attend UNCG – and Lewis personally encouraged her as her own career advanced.

The building’s distinctive atrium is also funded by Dr. Metzger, in honor of her parents, Robert L. Metzger and Jacqueline D. Metzger.

Photograph of Stephanie G. Metzger by Martin W. Kane

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