MURRAY, Ky. — Colleagues and friends of Dr. Marcia Hobbs, dean of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions, gathered for her retirement reception on April 29 in Mason Hall.

Hobbs has worked at Murray State a total of 23 years, with eight of those as dean and 15 as the chair of the nursing program.

“Murray State has been so good to me,” Hobbs said after swapping some stories with guests. “I’m looking forward to retirement, but it’ll be hard to leave. It’s time for another chapter in my life.”

Murray State administrators shared their well wishes with Hobbs in a ceremony inside the Ruth Cole auditorium.

“This is one of those bittersweet days, but it’s a special day, too,” said Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “Marcie, we’re going to miss you. You have had such a distinguished career here. It’s been an honor to work with you.”

“Dr. Hobbs has been at Murray State 23 years — when you stop and think about that, that’s amazing,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Arant. “It speaks volumes about the kind of person she is. You’re looking at someone not only dedicated to nursing, but to our students and their futures.”

Hobbs first came to Murray State in 1992 until 2007, then returned in 2011 to serve as dean of the School of Nursing, which later became the School of Nursing and Health Professions in 2014.

During Hobbs’ tenure at Murray State University, she led the addition of the nurse anesthesia and family nurse practitioner programs which both transitioned into the first doctoral programs at Murray State University, started the online RN-BSN option, successfully oversaw six nursing accreditation visits and was instrumental in starting the Master of Science in occupational therapy on the Paducah campus.

She has also left a footprint on nursing in the Commonwealth by serving on the Kentucky Board of Nursing for nine years and serving as president of the KBN and the Kentucky Association of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing programs. As vice president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she sat on the group that authored the nationally-accepted Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Her other service includes being a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education evaluator and presently serving as its co-chair of the Report Review Committee. Dr. Hobbs also served for 29 years in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and retired as a lieutenant colonel and commander of a Forward Fast Team. Dr. Hobbs is regularly involved in Rotary, PEO and First Presbyterian Church.

Photo: Colleagues and friends of Dr. Marcia Hobbs, dean of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions, gathered for her retirement reception earlier this week in Mason Hall. Hobbs, left, shares a moment with Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Don Robertson after a ceremony at Mason Hall.Colleagues and friends of Dr. Marcia Hobbs, dean of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions, gathered for her retirement reception earlier this week in Mason Hall. Hobbs, left, shares a moment with Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Don Robertson after a ceremony at Mason Hall.

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