As Lourdes University’s College of Nursing Dean, Dr. Sandra Atkinson Greniewicki is responsible for leading the direction and management of the university’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Dr. Greniewicki comes to Lourdes from Brenau University where she played a pivotal role over several decades in the establishment of a three-year nursing diploma program and the subsequent evolution of the institution’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. While at Brenau, the Birmingham, AL native has served in many roles including faculty liaison, consultant, chair, dean, provost, endowed professor, and her most recent position of professor emeritus.

Throughout her career, Dr. Greniewicki has led and taught at several higher education institutions including Western Carolina University, the Troy University System, Concordia University, Michigan State University, and Christopher Newport University. Other appointments include membership in the U.S. Department of Labor Federal Training Program’s community mental health and international studies interdisciplinary team. She has also successfully secured multiple grants focused on health care, aging, elder care, and diversity totaling more than $600,000.

A trailblazer in international health care leadership, Dr. Greniewicki has taught and practiced nursing in several large higher education institutions in China and Mexico. In that capacity, Dr. Greniewicki collaborated with nurse educators, physicians and students, produced scholarly papers and discipline specific lectures for the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Chinese Nursing Association.

A Registered Nurse, she earned an Ed.D. in Adult Education/Public Administration from the University of Georgia, a Master in Art of Gerontology from Concordia University-Chicago, and Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She also holds several certifications including a post-doctorate in nursing – health policy/community health/consultation; higher education, administrative leadership and development; graduate level Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; and Specialist and Fellowship certificates in Gerontology.