James Madison University

NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.


Sad loss for CISAT: Funeral Services to be held for Dr. Vida Huber

PHOTO: Dr. Vida Huber (Associate Dean)

Dr. Vida J. Huber, 68, associate dean of the College of Integrated Science and Technology, director of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and a professor of nursing at James Madison University, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 20, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

The Rev. John Jantzi will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Previously, Huber served as head of JMU's department of nursing and of the department of nursing at Eastern Mennonite University for 17 years.

She was active in many community agencies and served on the boards of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic and the Valley AIDS Network. She served in multiple leadership roles with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Office on Children and Youth, the Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center Board and the Healthy Community Council. She was instrumental in forging numerous campus-community partnerships. She was awarded the James Madison University Citizenship Award in 2002.

She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Delta Kappa, Virginia Society of Professional Nurses, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Mennonite Nurses Association as well as other associations. She received an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, a B.S.N. from Eastern Mennonite College and a diploma from Milford (Del.) Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

Huber was born March 27, 1937, in West Liberty, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Laban and Nanna Bender Swartzentruber.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Harold E. Huber; a daughter, Heidi Huber-Schanberger of Baltimore; a brother, Clayton Swartzentruber of Lansdale, Pa.; four sisters, Esther Diener of Archbold, Ohio, Dorcas Miller and Rachel Schlabach of Greenwood, Del., and Dorothy Steckley of Carstairs, Alberta, Canada.