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Deborah Natvig Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Natvig, who resides in Greenwood, S.C., was honored April 15.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Deborah Natvig (pictured) of Greenwood, S.C., recently received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Natvig, who during her career developed and revised health care guidelines for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, is one of eight 2016 alumni award winners. She was honored at an April 15 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association. A YouTube video about Natvig’s career is available online.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Natvig, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1971 and a master’s degree in health science in 1976 from Minnesota State Mankato, was recognized for her passion and expertise in the health care field.

She later earned a doctorate degree and became executive associate dean for strategic management & practice and professor in the College of Nursing College at Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University).

Natvig was a co-author of three editions of a professional nursing publication and served as the College of Nursing liaison to the Georgia Regents University and East Central Regional Hospital academic-service partnership, which was designed to improve health outcomes by building a mental health workforce.

Natvig currently uses her time and talents to contribute to Carolina Health Centers (FQHC) as a member of the board of directors and chair of the personnel committee, and she is president of Nursing Systems, Inc. of Greenwood, S.C., which provides consultation services in intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health, health systems, planning strategies, and long term health care.

She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Lander University Distinguished Professor Award (2002-2003), being named professor emeritus of the College of Business and Public Affairs at Lander University and receiving the Lander University president’s nomination to represent Lander for the South Carolina Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award for the Commission on Higher Education.

Those who want more information about the April 15 awards event may go to or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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