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Randolph F. Rasch


Dean and Professor

Michigan State University

Randolph Rasch is Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.
Dr. Rasch is a nursing and public health activist, transformational leader, 'boundary breaker', and educator with a passion for improving health of vulnerable populations. Appointed by two governors to develop statewide programs and policies to improve access to quality healthcare state-wide for women, children and incarcerated individuals. A Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Rasch is also a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.
An experienced academician, Dr. Rasch has directed three nationally ranked nurse practitioner programs and served as a department chair before beginning his current tenure as dean of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. He has provided significant consultation in the development of advanced practice education, specifically nurse practitioner education, and provost requested reviews of schools of nursing. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Rasch has continued distinguished leadership in public service and public policy and consultation to improve the health care of incarcerated individuals. Dr. Rasch is a pioneer nursing diversity and inclusion as the first African American male public health nurse in Michigan, and the first in the U.S. to become an FNP and to receive a PhD in nursing.
Dr. Rasch received his BS (nursing major) from Andrews University, his MSN (family nurse practitioner) from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the PhD (nursing) from The University of Texas at Austin.

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