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Leadership Changes at School of Nursing and Health Studies


Ann Cary, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will be leaving UMKC. She has accepted a new position as dean of the Elaine Nicpon Marieb College of Health and Human Services and professor in the School of Nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University. The university is in Naples, Florida, where Cary’s husband retired to four years ago.

Cary started in 2013 at UMKC. During her tenure, the school has secured numerous federal grants for improving healthcare both locally and in all 50 states — in practice, in workforce development, in prevention and in research. Notably last year, the Collaborative to Advance Health Services received an $8 million sub award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to help combat the opioid crisis. And in 2015, the school started KC HealthTracks to create improved STEM curriculum and experiences for students from more than 10 under-resourced Kansas City area high schools. Its goal is to prepare students for higher education and career paths in healthcare. Also during Cary’s deanship, U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in the Top 25 for its online graduate programs.

Cary is set to begin her new position on Aug. 30. Joy Roberts, executive associate dean, will serve as interim dean.

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