New dean of School of Applied Studies named at Washburn

Washburn University President Jerry Farley announces the appointment of Pat Munzer as dean of the School of Applied Studies.

“Pat has been a valuable member of our faculty and administration for many years and has demonstrated the qualities important to being dean,” Farley said. “She is a consummate professional and is a respected leader in her field.”

Munzer joined Washburn in 1984 as program director of the respiratory therapy department, achieving the rank of professor in 2009. In 1997 she was named chairwoman of the allied health department in addition to concurrent appointments as interim association vice president for academic affairs in 2011 and interim dean of the School of Applied Studies in 2013.

She is a commissioner and board member of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and serves as treasurer for the National Network of Health Career Programs in two-year colleges. Other professional affiliations include serving on the state legislative and regulatory affairs committee for the American Association for Respiratory Care and formerly served as president of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society.

Munzer is a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care, the recipient of the Hugh S. Mathewson Award from the Kansas Respiratory Care Society and the Herrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Service from Washburn.

Her academic credentials include doctorate of health sciences, Nova Southeastern University; master of science and bachelor’s degree of science in vocational technical education, Pittsburg State University; and advanced residency in respiratory therapy, University of Kansas Medical Center. Munzer also holds a certificate of completion in respiratory therapy, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Conn., and associate of science degree in respiratory therapy, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Conn.