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A National Leader

Judy Beal, professor and dean of Simmons’ School of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been elected to lead the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which represents 810 schools nationwide. Now chair-elect, Beal will serve as board chair for two years starting in 2020.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the members of AACN to serve the organization in this capacity,” said Beal.

Beal has been a leader in nursing education since 1978. As dean, she is responsible for nationally accredited academic programs in nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy. Through a variety of leadership roles, she has shaped the education of thousands of nurses throughout New England and beyond.

“This is a tremendous honor for Dean Beal and we are extremely proud of her for this latest achievement in her distinguished career,” said Provost Katie Conboy. “Dean Beal’s election [by the AACN] is an affirmation by her peers that she has the vision, expertise, and leadership skills to be at the forefront of nursing education in the United States.”

Beal was instrumental in building early innovative models of academic practice partnerships locally and then globally. For example, with foundation funding, she partnered with the University of Cairo to replicate an accelerated second degree BSN program for unemployed university graduates.

Beal is widely published with more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Her well-funded program of research focuses on role development of neonatal nurse practitioners, and for the past 18 years on the development of a model of clinical nurse scholars.