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Northwestern Names New Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing

By Jennifer Clemens on Wednesday, August 2, 2023


ST. PAUL, Minn., July 17, 2023 – University of Northwestern – St. Paul is pleased to announce that following a national search, Dr. Santhiny Rajamohan has accepted an appointment as Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator beginning August 1, 2023.

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Janet Sommers, praised the new Assistant Dean: “University of Northwestern – St. Paul has gained a valuable colleague by adding Dr. Rajamohan to the School of Nursing. Her education, experience, and professional activities, combined with her love for Christ-centered education, made it clear to the search committee that she is the right person to lead the School of Nursing. We look forward to what God will do for current and future nursing students under Dr. Rajamohan’s guidance.”

As a health professional, Dr. Rajamohan specializes in psychiatric, geriatric, and leadership in nursing. She is an accomplished author, whose published articles demonstrate her passion for mental health, resilience, and person-centered care.

Dr. Rajamohan brings a long history of training, mentoring, and leading discussions regarding mental health and suicide prevention. She also holds multiple certifications as a coach, teacher, and speaker.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan University (RWU), a master’s degree in Nursing from St. John Fisher University, a Post-Master’s Certification in Nursing Education from RWU, and a doctoral degree in Nursing from the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York.

Born and raised on the island of Sri Lanka, she immigrated to Canada with her family during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Dr. Rajamohan came to the United States to pursue a Christian education in nursing and will be moving to Minnesota from New York. She has been married to her middle-school sweetheart and best friend, Rajamohan Thambirajah, for over 25 years. She and her husband are blessed with two sons, Ajan and Sujan, who are both pursuing doctoral degrees in New York.

Of her career Dr. Rajamohan says, “Just as nurses respond to a calling, nurse educators are also called. We are more than nurses – we are missionaries. I want God to say He is pleased with how I fulfilled my purpose here on earth.”

University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNW) is a nondenominational Christian university in St. Paul, Minn. With a biblical worldview integrated into all programs, UNW provides a unique educational experience for students who want to combine faith and education. Northwestern offers more than 65 areas of study, including seven master’s degrees, and online and early college programs. Northwestern Media, a ministry of the university, owns and operates 29 Christian radio stations throughout the Midwest with a total listenership of more than 2 million listeners. Visit for more information.