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Dean Cary Voted Chair Elect of American Association of Colleges of Nursing

February 8, 2016

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced the results of its 2016 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. With votes cast by member deans from the nation’s schools of nursing with baccalaureate and higher degree programs, those joining AACN’s top leadership ranks include Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, as chair elect.

Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, was re-elected to the AACN Board as chair-elect from 2016-2018 and will serve as chair from 2018-2020. Prior to her appointment at UMKC in 2013, Cary’s career includes service as director of Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing and as associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing. An alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program, she serves as president of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni and has served as president of the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Primary Care Policy Fellows Alumni Association and the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. A graduate of the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, Cary currently serves as chair of AACN’s Membership Committee and the new Leadership Development Advisory Group. She previously served as a member of the Finance Committee and chair of the Organizational Leadership Network.

Cary will begin her terms of service following the business meeting at AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting on March 21.

AACN is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 780 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice.