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NLN Foundation for Nursing Education

The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, in support of the National League for Nursing, plays a central role in empowering nurse educators in America. Through scholarships, grants, research, and faculty development programs, we are committed to promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health while addressing faculty and nursing shortages.


The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education will be the preeminent foundation for funding nursing education initiatives.


The mission of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education is to raise, steward, and distribute funds that support the mission and activities of the National League for Nursing – by promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce and advance the health of our nation and the global community.

Strategic Goals

  • Strengthen the NLN Foundation’s capacity to raise, steward, and distribute funds effectively, efficiently, and ethically, especially from member/donors annual gifts and legacy gifts to the Isabel Adams Hampton Robb Society.
  • Expand funding to increase the nurse educator workforce and its diversity.
  • Broaden the foundation’s visibility as a recognized leader in funding nursing education initiatives and supporting national and international participation of nurse educators.
  • Support NLN faculty development initiatives that empower nurse educators in their professional roles.
  • Provide research funding that advances the science of nursing education.


Meet the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Board of Trustees

Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN - Chair
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Dr. Edmonson has a career spanning two decades with roles including clinical nurse, supervisor, manager, director, associate chief nursing office, and his current position of chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives; and Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified by ANCC. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alum. 

He is a contributor to the literature, locally and nationally in the area of leadership, succession planning, research, moral courage, nurse bullying, culture building, and Magnet. He has lead two organizations to Magnet and Magnet Re-designation in the DFW area. Dr. Edmonson dedicates his time to serving on local and national boards and committees of various organizations to help shape the future and propel the profession of nursing forward. He serves as a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration to Practice Committee and is a commissioner on the NLN Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation. He is the AONE region 7 representative beginning in 2017.

Michael A. Newsome, CRE - Treasurer

Associate Vice President for Research
Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, School of Nursing
School of Nursing

Michael Newsome is associate vice president for research at Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BS in business and accounting from Virginia Union University. During his career at VCU, Mr. Newsome has served as manager in grants and contracts accounting, business manager in the School of Nursing and manager in the budget office. Mr. Newsome has served as the public member on the NLN Board of Governors since 2006 and has served as treasurer on multiple occasions. He is a certified research administrator and is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators and is a past president of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools.

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAANPresident, National League for Nursing
Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Rumay Alexander has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for equity of opportunity, diversity, and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, in national nursing professional organizations, and in her consultant activities. Dr. Alexander provides leadership and resources to three nationally known schools on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus: the nursing school, Gilling’s School of Public Health, and the UNC School of Dentistry. High impact initiatives, devoted to exploring marginalizing processes and generational equity as well as implementing transformative inclusion practices, bear witness to her game-changing works.

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN - Ex-Officio
CEO, National League for Nursing