The University of New Mexico seeks an academically distinguished nurse executive with exceptional leadership abilities to serve as the next Dean, College of Nursing (CON).
As an integral part of University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) and the University of New Mexico, the CON has been committed to providing exemplary and innovative education, research, practice, service, and leadership that improve state, national, and global health. Established in 1955 as New Mexico's first college of nursing, the CON has served as a vital resource for the state of New Mexico addressing critical nursing challenges related to human health and health equity in the surrounding multiethnic and rural communities and beyond through education, scholarship, practice, and service. UNM students and alumni represent a rich ethnic and cultural diversity and a wealth of personal and professional experience. Today, over 900 students are enrolled across the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral (DNP and PHD) programs.
The College of Nursing is a leader in online education making the PhD, DNP, and RN-BSN programs, as well as, the MSN concentration in nursing education accessible to students throughout New Mexico and beyond. Additionally, the PhD program of the UNM CON is one of the few in the United States that offers a health policy concentration, and the DNP program is one of the few to offer a concentration in Nurse Executive and Organizational Leadership. The Certified Nurse Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner programs are nationally recognized. The CON also partners with every state funded nursing program across the state through the innovative New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) to increase the number and diversity of pre-licensure BSN graduates throughout the state. These and other innovative programs complement the College's traditional programs to form a curriculum that is accessible, responsive, and pertinent to the changing environment in health care and the lives of students.
A national search is now underway to recruit a recognized scholar in Nursing with exceptional vision and leadership abilities who will become the next Dean and architect of the College of Nursing's future. The Dean will bring a vision for nursing at UNM and guide the execution of the strategic plan to achieve the CON and organizational mission. The Dean will also have the opportunity to build upon the College's legacy of excellence as a vital force in nursing education in New Mexico and the nation.
The next Dean will have the qualities required to be a successful leader in a complex environment, including the ability to promote a strong collaborative culture both within the College and across the UNM HSC Campus. The ability of the Dean to continue to develop strategic partnerships within – and beyond – the HSC is critical – and to ensure the College's continued success as the premier resource for nursing education in the state. The Dean must be a compelling leader whose passion for the educational, clinical, and research missions energize the students, faculty, and staff, to commit themselves to a shared, strategic vision of excellence in all missions. The Dean must also be a competent and prudent steward of the College, guiding it through an increasing pace and scope change in the financing and delivery of health care and health sciences education.
Above all, this individual will help UNM adapt and thrive in an evolving health care industry, and will inspire the organization to deliver its vision of bolstering nursing research and working with community partners to help New Mexico make more progress in health and health equity than any other state.
This is an unparalleled opportunity for an academic executive in nursing to serve as an integral leader at one of the most comprehensive university health science complexes in the nation. In addition to advancing, the art, science, and practice of nursing through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and practice, the Dean will be an important thought-leader in the state of New Mexico in areas pertaining to health care, prevention, and public health.
Nominations and expressions of interest will continue to be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above. Applications and nominations should be sent to UNM-Nursing@KornFerry.com
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