For Immediate Release         Thursday, January 28, 2009  


Welcoming the New Dean of Nursing

Gloria J. McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Founding Dean, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing

Dr. McNeal has joined the CDU Family as the Founding Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing on January 25, 2010.

Dr. McNeal graduated from Villanova University College of Nursing with a baccalaureate degree, and then earned her graduate degree in nursing and doctor of philosophy degree in higher education administration at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Education, respectively. She has held faculty appointments and positions of leadership at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level programs of study in schools of nursing with joint appointments to academic medical centers. She has served as a member of the standing faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Edison State College, Rutgers University, the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and the Community College of Philadelphia.

In 2003, she was initially appointed associate professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at UMDNJ School of Nursing, overseeing the implementation of a more efficient admission process that facilitated a nearly three-fold increase in student enrollment from 460 to 1100 students. After serving three years as Assistant Dean, she was promoted to full professor and appointed Associate Dean for Community and Clinical Affairs. In this role she served as the Director of Faculty Practice, monitoring practice scholarship; and, as the Director of the New Jersey Children’s Health Project, an interdisciplinary, nurse-faculty managed mobile primary care center. Over the course of her tenure at UMDNJ, she successfully acquired more than $4.4 million in intra and extramural grant awards to establish traineeships, a Center for Academic Support Services, and the mobile healthcare project.

Highly regarded for her contributions to nursing and the community at-large, she is the recipient of state congressional citations and proclamations, and the subject of numerous press releases and lay news articles. With a substantial record of federal and foundation funding totaling nearly $7 million over the course of her career, she has maintained noted accomplishments as an educator, clinician, administrator, consultant and researcher. A prolific author, her more than 100 books, book chapters, articles and abstracts have earned citations in a significant number of national and international publications. For over 30 years her published research work on telehealth initiatives positioned her to be among the first to establish the protocols of care, which led to the transitioning of critical care nursing practice beyond the traditional walls of the ICU.

Dr. McNeal has served at the national level on committees of numerous associations including the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Academy of Nursing, and the Association of Black Nursing Faculty. She is Editor of The ABNF Journal, an Associate Editor of the Core Curriculum on Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, and a member of the International Academy of Nurse Editors. Her military service includes an appointment as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer, earning three promotions from Ensign to the rank of Full Lieutenant, and the National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation citations. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor conferred by the discipline of nursing.

Please join me in giving her a warm CDU welcome!

  Dr. Keith Norris
Interim President

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