Cary, currently Director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing, succeeds retiring Lora Lacey-Haun, who served as dean of the UMKC school since 2004 and was UMKC faculty for 32 years. Cary brings national recognition for online graduate nursing degree programs and healthcare education leadership in Louisiana. Her first day will be Aug. 1.
The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is poised to be a leader in the country in terms of its innovative programming and its commitment to interprofessional education, Cary said. “I’m looking forward to working with the faculty, staff and deans of the health sciences schools to take the school to the next level.”
The Hospital Hill schools include the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy in addition to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Interprofessional education involves faculty from two or more health disciplines providing learning opportunities for students from those disciplines with the mission of cultivating collaborative practice to provide patient-centered care.
Cary’s new position as Dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a vital one in the community, said Melissa Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Black Health Care Coalition in Kansas City.
Cary received her BSN from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award in 2006, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow from 2008-2011 and election to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors 2012-2014.
Under Cary’s leadership, Loyola University New Orleans placed in the Top 6 of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and 2013. Cary also led the faculty to initiate the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Louisiana.
Prior to working at Loyola, Cary directed online programs for the School of Public Health and Health Science and the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.