The University of St. Francis named Ebere Ume as the new dean of the Leach College of Nursing to succeed Carol Wilson, who is retiring after having served the school for the past 15 years.
Ume comes to USF from the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at the Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, where she had served as a nursing administrator since 2012, according to a news release.
“The mission of the University of St. Francis initially attracted me to the institution,” Ume said. “The specific values of ‘continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom and justice, reverence for creation, compassion, peacemaking, academic excellence, service and leadership’ are values that I strongly align with my personal and professional guiding principles.”
Ume said she is committed to addressing the national and international shortage of nurses at USF by combining her experience with the school’s foundation already in place.
She acknowledged that attracting, recruiting and retaining a diverse body of nursing students and faculty is a major challenge.
“My hope is that my experience and strong background in mentorship and compassionate nursing school administration will be encouraging and supportive for all students and faculty,” Ume said.
She added that her focus also includes the college’s upcoming Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education re-accreditation and strengthening collaborations with community organizations.