Carolyn Byrne, associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, is retiring in June.
In making the announcement, Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said he accepted her retirement, effective June 30, 2017, with mixed feelings.
"I have greatly enjoyed working with Carolyn in my previous role as the chair of the Department of Medicine, and now as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences," he said.
"In her three years, she has brought about many positive changes within the School of Nursing. This has included moving the school onto a solid financial footing, collaborating on a strategic plan for the future of the consortium with Conestoga and Mohawk colleges, and overseeing the development of a strategic research plan and receipt of a new endowed chair.
"All of these accomplishments will advance the academic mission of the school and the Faculty," O'Byrne said, adding his appreciation of her achievements and best wishes for her retirement.
Byrne became a faculty member of the nursing school in 1981, working in a variety of roles including assistant dean of the undergraduate program. She left in 2002 to become the founding dean of health sciences at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology and, in 2010, she became dean and CEO of the University of Calgary's nursing programs in Qatar. She returned to McMaster as associate dean and director of the School of Nursing in 2014.
"McMaster University has always held a special place in my heart, and I have enjoyed returning to the School of Nursing in the last phase of my career," said Byrne.
"It has been a fulfilling three years to lead the School of Nursing through a time of transition and I could not have done this without the support of the Faculty of Health Sciences and my wonderful team of faculty and staff in the School of Nursing. I am proud of the work that we have achieved."