Press Release Joyce University Welcomes New Academic Leadership
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Joyce University Welcomes New Academic Leadership

May 30, 2024

Joyce University Announces New Leadership in Nursing and Health Sciences

SALT LAKE CITY, UT May 30, 2024 — Joyce University is excited to welcome new faces and promotions within its academic leadership team: Dr. Kelly McCullough, Jennifer Ayotte, Dr. David Haskell, and Mykel Winter. As the nursing school continues to grow and expand, it remains committed to providing its students with the highest-quality education and preparing them for successful careers in healthcare.

Dr. Kelly McCullough joins Joyce University as the new Dean of Nursing. She brings over 30 years of nursing experience and 15 years of experience in nursing education, having served as Dean and Regional Dean for several years at her previous university. Her extensive experience in program quality management across multiple campuses and states will be instrumental in Joyce University’s continued growth.

Jennifer Ayotte joins Joyce University as the new Dean of General Education and Health Sciences. Ayotte brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education leadership, focusing on effective communication, strategic planning, and curriculum development. In this newly created role, she will oversee General Education and the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.

Dr. David Haskell has been promoted to Associate Dean of Nursing. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Haskell has worked as a Program Chair and instructor at Joyce University. Before coming to Joyce, he worked in long-term, industrial, acute care, and administrative nursing, totaling 30 years of diverse nursing experience. Specializing in critical care nursing with a cardiac emphasis, Dr. Haskell was instrumental in implementing and overseeing open heart, cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, and critical care departments as an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Timpanogos Regional Hospital.

Mykel Winter has been promoted to Associate Dean of Nursing. Since joining Joyce University in 2020, Winter has demonstrated exceptional leadership as Assistant Director of Capstone and Program Chair of Nursing Clinical Education. Her diverse clinical experience and passion for education make her a perfect fit for this role.

“These esteemed leaders strengthen Joyce University’s commitment to excellence in nursing education,” said Provost Dr. Lynn Bilder. “Their combined expertise in curriculum development, program management, and clinical practice will ensure our students receive the best possible preparation for success in the nursing and healthcare field.”

Joyce University recently began offering its nursing programs to students in Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, and Nevada. As the school expands, strong leadership is crucial to providing top-tier education to aspiring nurses across its growing footprint.


    Founded in 1979, Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences’ mission is to prepare students to serve as competent professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning. Located in Draper, Utah, Joyce University is proud to have helped thousands of students across the US graduate and launch lasting healthcare careers. With a recent expansion of its pre-licensure programs to select regional locations, including Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico, Joyce University’s expansion enables aspiring nurses in these regions to access the same high-quality education and opportunities that have defined the institution for decades. Join them as they continue to shape the future of healthcare, one student at a time.

    Joyce University is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs.

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