Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been elected to a second two-year term on the American Association of Colleges and Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors. AACN represents more than 700 baccalaureate and higher degree collegiate nursing institutions in the U.S.
Votes are cast by member deans and directors from the nation’s schools of nursing. Cary became dean at UMKC in 2013. Before coming to UMKC, Cary was director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing.
“I am honored to serve again in a leadership position in the AACN,” Cary said. “AACN is at the forefront of influence for federal policy, program standards, leadership and faculty development in nursing higher education.”
Cary has also served as associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing. An alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, she 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 Educators.
For AACN, Cary has served as chair of the Membership Committee and member of the Finance Committee, and currently represents AACN in its work on compassionate care with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.