Remylin Bruder

Dr. Remylin Bruder

Rochester College has appointed Dr. Remylin Bruder, dean of its School of Nursing, to serve as provost.

As provost, Bruder will oversee all academic efforts of Rochester College, including the education of over 1,000 students learning in the six schools of the college. She will lead 135 faculty, including 37 full-time and 98 part-time faculty, and oversee operations at the college’s four locations, its online and accelerated learning programs, and all bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Dr. Bruder’s record of success leading our School of Nursing as well as her commitment to the mission of RC make her the ideal person to lead Rochester College as its chief academic officer,” said Dr. Brian Stogner, president of Rochester College. “I look forward to working with her as she continues our efforts to develop mission-driven professionals who will excel and serve in their future vocations.”

Bruder, also an RC associate professor, said, “I am honored to accept this new role and to have the opportunity to shape policies and programs that will provide learners with leadership skills, and the tools to positively impact their communities.”

Bruder has taught in higher education for over 16 years, serving in academic and administrative leadership roles of increasing responsibility. She helped start RC’s School of Nursing and has served as dean of the program for three years. She was critical in helping the college earn its accreditation from both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Michigan Board of Nursing for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing has placed 100 percent of its graduates in jobs.

“RC is a mission fit with my own Christian values, but what has kept me at RC are the genuine connections that I have made with the staff and faculty,” Bruder said. “I have observed and experienced authentic dedication to students and the communities served by RC.”

In her role as the lead academic officer, Bruder will expand her work to supervising all academic areas. In addition to preparing students to excel in their future vocations, Bruder said she also wants to prepare servant leaders. “In our pro-STEM and discipline-specific world, we should not forget the human context of our work: the critical thinking, the broadened perspectives, and the transferable skills that exist and develop when you engage in a liberal arts education,” she said.

As Bruder moves into this new position, she says she is looking forward to working with the deans and other campus leaders. “It’s exciting to continue propelling our mission and identity as a liberal arts college as we prepare our students to (1) think of vocation beyond job preparation, (2) understand the impact their vocation has on the communities served, and (3) to be prepared to not just serve, but to also lead in their chosen vocations.”

Before coming to RC, Bruder worked as a registered nurse for over 23 years. She worked clinically in critical care and emergency/trauma nursing, and worked as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency setting. She earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Oakland University. She has held leadership positions in numerous nursing examination and accreditation associations both statewide and nationally. She was a nominee for the Nightingale Awards for Nursing® in the category of Distinguished Oakland University Alumni, and belongs to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association-Michigan.