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Touching Lives. Transforming Health Care.

Biography - Anne Bavier

Anne Bavier
Anne Bavier, PhD RN FAAN
Dean and Professor,
College of Nursing and Health Innovation

As dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Dr. Anne Bavier oversees the largest academic unit at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Approximately 40 percent of the university’s 54,000 students are enrolled in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The college is the largest producer of registered nurses in the State of Texas and one of the five largest nursing programs in the United States.

A leading voice on healthcare, Dr. Bavier is the president of the National League for Nursing, an organization of nearly 40,000 faculty nurses and leaders in nursing education. She received the Gold Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, a rare honor for a civilian and only the second nurse so honored, for her dedicated service to the nation.

She is a former senior official of the National Institutes of Health and has served as nursing dean of two top ranked institutions: the University of Connecticut and Saint Xavier University. Since signing on as dean in 2014, Dr. Bavier has led the College of Nursing and Health Innovation through a remarkable transformation, including a merger with the Department of Kinesiology and the recruitment of several internationally renowned healthcare scholars and researchers who are making significant contributions to improving health and the human condition.

Under Bavier’s leadership,  the college was designated a National League for Nursing Center for Excellence, making it one of only a dozen colleges of nursing in the country that has been so honored.

She is a sought after speaker, on topics ranging from academic leadership to health care policy and innovation. Her speaking engagements include international organizations, such as Universitas 21 and Oxford Round Table. Her editorials in newspapers and health business journals are cited for their breadth and depth of understanding of the pressures facing health care systems and providers.

Dr. Bavier holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Duke, a master of nursing from Emory and a doctoral degree from Duquesne.