The Dean's Blog: Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN

Leadership, “Gretta” Style

In February 2018, I was named the inaugural Margretta Madden Styles Dean’s Professor of Nursing. This professorship, named in honor of our former dean and one of nursing’s greatest leaders, is the first Dean’s Professorship to be established on the UCSF campus. I am deeply, deeply honored to be so recognized – particularly in the name of “Gretta” Styles.

I first met Gretta when she was a young associate dean at Duke and I was a freshman student in nursing. She advised me on the courses required for my first year of studies. I next met her a little more than a decade later; she was the dean of the UCSF School of Nursing, and I was an entering doctoral student. While a student, I enrolled in “the Dean’s course,” a Cole Hall favorite, in which Gretta brought contemporary leaders into our classroom for discussions on their current projects. She spoke knowledgeably and easily with them (before a class of about 200 students) as we witnessed real leadership in action.

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