Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim Provost Rodner Wright has announced Henry Clinton Talley V, Ph.D., as the new dean of the School of Nursing.
Talley succeeds retiring dean Ruena Norman, Ph.D. His tenure begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017, and marks the first time a man has served in the capacity. He was selected following a national search conducted in partnership with Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corps, Talley previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University Nurse Anesthesia Program, and chief anesthetist and operations director of anesthesiology service at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
He also served as an assistant professor/associate director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Arkansas State University and an anesthetist and instructor for physiology in anesthesia at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York.
“I am honored to continue my work in the important field of nursing as a member of the FAMU community,” Talley said. “The University and its nursing school have a long and distinguished history of success, and I look forward to helping to continue the tradition of ‘Excellence with Caring.’”
Talley is a past president of the Alpha Psi Chapter of the National Honor Society for Nursing and past-treasurer of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist and the Michigan Task Force for Nursing Practice. He received the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Foundation research grant for his dissertation, “The effects of general anesthesia on plasma ascorbic acid and its effect on post-anesthesia consciousness.”
Talley graduated from the Harlem Hospital Center Schools of Nursing and Anesthesia in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He earned the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in 1981. He was awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration from Ottawa University of Kansas City in 1994. He also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in 2001 and 2003, respectively.
“Dr. Talley brings to FAMU a wealth of experience and knowledge in innovative health care practices that will help to bring the FAMU School of Nursing many more years of success under his leadership,” Wright said. “His commitment to research, nursing policy, and community empowerment for the underprivileged and marginalized also align perfectly with FAMU’s mission to enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service.”
Talley is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; American Nurses Association; Men In Nursing; International Anesthesia Research Society; and founder of Minority Anesthetists Gathered to Network, Educate, and Train (M.A.G.N.E.T.).
Wright also commended Norman for her outstanding contributions to the school, which recently began celebrating its 80th anniversary.
“It is with great thanks that we acknowledge Dean Norman for her tireless service to the School of Nursing and Florida A&M University,” Wright said. “During her tenure, Dean Norman has led the school in securing numerous top rankings and national recognitions, and we are proud of all that was accomplished under her leadership.”