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NLN Announces New President and Elected Officials

New NLN President: Dr. Rumay Alexander
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Jane Rosen
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New NLN President: Dr. Rumay Alexander
North Carolina Leader in Nursing Education Has Made Diversity and Inclusion Hallmark of Distinguished Career

League Also Names President-Elect and Treasurer
NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN
Washington, DC, September 28, 2017 - As the National League for Nursing’s 2017 Education Summit drew to a close on September 16, the League announced the results of its annual elections.

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, the NLN’s president-elect since 2015, stepped into the president’s seat, beginning her two-year term of office, through 2019. Dr. Alexander is associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“As a leading voice for raising awareness of diversity and a bold advocate for improved cultural sensitivity on campus and throughout higher education and health care, Rumay embodies the NLN’s core values—caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. I congratulate her on her election to the NLN presidency and look forward to the continued benefit of her experience and wisdom.” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The 2017- 2019 president-elect is Patricia Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, ANEF, who for the past three years, served as League treasurer. Dean emerita of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Yoder-Wise is a professor there and president of the Wise Group, a Lubbock-based private consulting practice in nursing and nursing education.

To fill her spot as treasurer, NLN members have elected Anne Krouse, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, professor and associate dean for education and practice of the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.

“On behalf of the NLN, I welcome our new officers and the entire 2017 slate,” continued Dr. Malone. “It is an understatement to say that the NLN would not be the premier voice for nursing education without the dedication and vision of its volunteer leaders. I count on their partnership every day to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.”

Dr. Alexander has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for equity of opportunity, diversity, and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, professional organizations, and in her consultant activities. The first full professor of color in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has spearheaded high-impact initiatives, devoted to exploring processes of marginalization and achieving generational equity, as well as to implementing transformative inclusion practices.

In 2015, in an interview for an NLN Report feature story on diversity and inclusion in nursing education, Dr. Alexander illuminated her perspective:

A tapestry is a good image of what contributes to inclusive excellence, which requires paying attention to everything we do and are about…Textbook selection; reading assignments from scholars who represent different cultural points of view; pictures on walls; efforts to recruit a mix of students and faculty that reflects the community our school is a part of; putting in place policies to celebrate and accommodate religious difference; awards given; group projects that facilitate cross-cultural understanding. Every encounter is an opportunity…My work is expanding the definition of diversity in a way that nurtures human flourishing, because there are multiple ways in which people are different.

Dr. Yoder-Wise brings to the NLN teaching experience in every type of nursing education program, from nursing assistant through doctoral and continuing education. She is an author (e.g., Leading and Managing in Nursing and leadership/competence articles), and editor (e.g., The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing /Nursing Forum), and has served in leadership capacities for a number of highly respected professional associations, among them: past president of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and CGEAN; and treasurer of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Krouse’s long history of volunteer service to the NLN includes participation on the Public Policy Committee and its NLN Days on the Hill, speaking with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. She co-edited the NLN Press’s Scientific Inquiry in Nursing Education: Advancing the Science with Dr. Barbara Patterson in 2016 and received the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching award in 2012 from Widener University. Her research interests include leadership in nursing education and practice, nursing education, and maternal-child health.

Two governors-at-large, John Lundeen, EdD, RN, CNE, COI and Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC, were re-elected to second terms. Dr. Lundeen is associate professor and nurse anesthesia simulation coordinator at Samford University in Alabama. Dr. Woolforde is vice president of nursing education and professional development at Northwell Health’s Office of the Chief Nurse Executive.

NLN Board of Governors bios and photos.

About the National League for Nursing
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.

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