FLORENCE---Sylvia R. Lufkin, formerly the administrator of Wilson Medical Center in Darlington and vice president of patient services for McLeod Health, has been named head of the new nursing program at Francis Marion University.
FMU President Fred Carter said Lufkin will join the FMU faculty as professor of nursing and chair for the Department of Nursing, effective Aug. 1.
In that capacity, Lufkin will be working to effect the transfer of the bachelor of science in nursing program from the Medical University of South Carolina to FMU, participating in planning a new School of Nursing building on the campus and providing the leadership for the development of the baccalaureate program to meet the needs of the Pee Dee.
In May, Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation made a $5 million gift to FMU to build a facility to house the nursing program.
Carter said, “Getting someone with Sylvia Lufkin’s experience to take charge of the FMU nursing program at this juncture is crucial to its long-term success.”
“With her vast experience as a clinical nurse, as an educator and as a medical administrator, Sylvia brings the perfect set of credentials to this new position at FMU,” said Carter. “She will do an extraordinary job in developing this program and increasing the number of nurses to serve the region.”
Lufkin has been employed with McLeod Health for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, she served in administrative roles for Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., and Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Lufkin also served as associate professor, department chair and program director for MUSC’s College of Nursing satellite program at Francis Marion University from July 2000 until September 2003. She also has taught in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina.
She received her doctor of education degree from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Minnesota and MUSC.
Her professional memberships include serving as a member of the South Carolina League for Nursing, and a member of the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau--the National Honor Society for Nursing and the International Association for Human Caring.
"I am delighted to face this new challenge and look forward to the development of such a vital educational program for the region,” stated Lufkin. “I am also very appreciative of the support and professional relationships I have developed over these many years at McLeod Health, and most recently in the community of Darlington."
Lufkin resides in Florence and has two daughters, Marci and Roslyn.
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