photograph of the name of Capstone College of Nursing on the exterior of the building

UA Opens Search for New Nursing Dean

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing has started the search for its new dean.

The dean will develop a future-oriented vision for the college and provide leadership on planning, curricular, research, fundraising and budgetary decisions. The dean will also engage with alumni, the health care community, and state and federal government officials to advance the goals of the college and University. The dean will work collaboratively with other UA schools/colleges to develop interdisciplinary opportunities for teaching and research that will help address the unique health care priorities for the region.

Dr. Michelle Cheshire, associate dean of undergraduate programs with the Capstone College of Nursing, is serving as chair of the search committee. Cheshire is joined by committee members elected from the college including:

  • Kristi Acker, clinical associate professor
  • Kaci Duncan, lecturer
  • Paige Johnson, associate professor
  • JoAnn Oliver, professor
  • Andrea Sartain, assistant professor

Committee members appointed by UA President Stuart R. Bell include:

  • Matt Ander, director of technology and distance education, Capstone College of Nursing
  • Martha Crowther, associate dean, College of Community Health Sciences
  • Katrina Keefer, president and chief executive officer, DCH Health System
  • Andrew Loehr, chief operating officer, Children’s of Alabama
  • Kay Palan, dean, Culverhouse College of Business

The Capstone College of Nursing is recognized as a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery. The college partners with a variety of well-respected health care facilities to provide clinical experiences that ease the transition into the working world and prepare graduates for challenges after school.

In recent years, the college’s nursing licensure pass rates for graduates have ranged from 97 to 100%, consistently exceeding statewide and national averages. The college is also designated as one of the National Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

A full description of the position and information on how to apply is available online.