Bette Jacobs has served as dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) from 1999-2010. During her tenure, Jacobs oversaw a substantial growth in the school’s research portfolio, the recruitment of high profile scholars, and the continued development of four vibrant academic departments in Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing.
Jacobs led the school through significant improvements in key facilities, including the full restoration of St. Mary’s Hall, the NHS home on Georgetown University’s campus; the addition of the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center; and the opening of the Discovery Center. In 2006, NHS and Georgetown University Law Center announced their co-founding of the Linda and Timothy O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.Georgetown University.
Before Georgetown, Jacobs served from 1997-1999 as assistant vice president for medical and health services at Honda of America Mfg. She has also held appointments at the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, California State University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, and the University of Wyoming.
From 1997-2000, Jacobs was president of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association. She remains active in many professional organizations, including membership in the American Association of Mental Retardation, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurses, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurse Association, American Public Health Association, National Council of University Research Administrators, and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. In 2007, she also became of a member of an advisory council of the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Literacy Campaign. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
Jacobs holds a PhD in Family Health from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also earned a BS in Nursing and a MS in Public Health Nursing from California State University at Fresno.