Linda K. Amos, professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The commission is a new accreditation agency for nursing programs in the United States.

Amos, who recently was named U. associate vice president for health sciences as well, helped establish the commission. A year ago, she was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to chair a steering committee to plan the commission.More than 300 institutions have already sought preliminary approval of their nursing education programs from the commission. The first accreditation site visits are planned for this fall.

Amos is a recognized consultant on nursing education with broad expertise in accreditation concerns. She has been dean of the U. nursing college since 1980 and was a professor and dean of Boston University School of Nursing before that. Her specialty is physiological and gerontological nursing and the administration of education programs in institutions of higher education.