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National League for Nursing Congratulates League President Marsha Howell Adams on New Appointment as Dean of College of Nursing at University of Alabama-Huntsville



Washington, DC, July 18, 2014 — Nationally recognized leader in nursing education, Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, who since September 2013 has served as president of the National League for Nursing, became the new dean of the College of Nursing at University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH), effective July 14. The move marries her leadership of the NLN, as the nation's premier voice for nursing education, to one of the top-ranked academic nursing and research institutions in the country.

"The Board of Governors joins me in congratulating Marsha on her stellar appointment, and as all of us who work closely with her would agree, her vision, leadership, wisdom, and experience are bound to make the already outstanding program at UAH College of Nursing even more so," said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. "The League looks forward to a productive and enriching continuing collaboration with UAH in the years ahead, with Marsha at the helm."

"I am honored and privileged to have the NLN behind me as I jump into this next exciting phase of my professional life," Dr. Adams remarked, adding: "I welcome new opportunities to network, exchange ideas, and build partnerships between the NLN and the UAH communities as we pursue our shared enterprise: to prepare an outstanding, diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community."

Just before her election to the NLN presidency, Dr. Adams served a two-year term as president-elect during a critical period of transition for the NLN. In 2012, the League launched a capital campaign as it planned its historic relocation to Washington, DC from its longtime home in New York City. Dr. Adams worked alongside Dr. Malone, immediate past president Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, and other League officers and governors to help establish the new NLN Home for Transformative Excellence in the nation's capital and took office just as the move was completed. The campaign, which is ongoing, has so far raised $11 million.

Long active in the NLN, Dr. Adams has served on the NLN Board of Governors, as chair of the NLN Excellence in Nursing Education Task Group, on the NLN Academic Nurse Educator Certification Commission, and on the editorial board of the NLN's research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. She is also part of an elite group of the nation's leading nurse educators who have been named fellows in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and is a past recipient of the Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing, one of the NLN Constituent Leagues.

Dr. Adams' selection for the position of UAH dean was a natural one, given her years of experience in senior administration within the University of Alabama system. Until her current appointment to the flagship campus in Huntsville, Dr. Adams was senior associate dean of academic programs and professor at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, her most recent role in a career there that has spanned 30 years.

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Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.