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UTA Nursing Dean Bavier Takes Helm as President of the National League for Nursing

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 • Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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The National League for Nursing has installed Dr. Anne Bavier, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, as president of the 40,000-member organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.

Anne Bavier

Anne Bavier

Dean Bavier has served the past two years as president-elect and will serve as the League’s president until 2017.

In her inaugural address during the organization’s annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Dr. Bavier emphasized her commitment to ensuring that nursing educators have access to the best resources, the most current research, the newest techniques and the encouragement needed to create the best teaching-learning environments.

She called for nursing educators to expand their mutual horizons through international dialogue and to embrace the power to serve students online as well as through face-to-face exchanges.

“Our dedication to nurse educators, and to the pivotal role they play in human health, distinguishes the National League for Nursing from other organizations,” Dr. Bavier said. “I am deeply honored to lead this prestigious body, one built upon generations of leaders whose efforts were relentless in advancing nursing practice through excellence in nursing education.”

Dr. Beverly Malone, National League of Nursing chief executive officer, said, “Among the nation’s pre-eminent leaders in nursing education, Anne brings to the NLN her extraordinary vision, commitment, and record of success. Like any Texan, Ann thinks and acts in a big way. That’s why we know we can count on her game-changing perspective to help guide the league in preparing a diverse, outstanding nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.”

During the Summit, UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation was honored by the NLN as a Nursing Center for Excellence, one of 12 nursing schools in the nation to earn the distinction this year. The designation, which extends through 2019, recognizes UTA’s innovation in teaching and commitment to continual improvement.

The Center of Excellence honor signals that UTA is a premier health science institution that serves students across the country with a common commitment for quality patient outcomes.

UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said the College of Nursing and Health Innovation has grown significantly in reputation during Dr. Bavier’s tenure as dean, expanding its research into critical health science fields, adding world-renowned faculty and now serving more than 19,000 nursing students a year in its campus-based and online degree programs in every state in the U.S.

“Dean Bavier’s leadership has, among many accomplishments, resulted in the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation achieving the NLN’s Center for Excellence status, a distinction important to any student seeking the highest quality nursing education,” President Karbhari said. “This honor affirms our reputation for offering one of the very best nursing programs in Texas, and also says we are among the best of the best for nursing across the United States.

“This achievement also means that the College will continue to attract the most distinguished faculty from around the world, adding to our strength as a destination for those who value high quality education.”

One of the many topics discussed at the NLN summit was how online degree programs can enable practicing nurses to access quality higher education while balancing career and family demands.

Bavier noted that UTA’s online nursing programs are rooted in the University’s proven campus-based curriculum that is developed “in continual conversation with our students, and with great attention to detail.”

“We found innovative ways to adapt our programming to the online world,” Bavier said. “We, as faculty, need open, receptive approaches to understanding international nursing education. Imagine the possibilities now that we may take maximum advantage of options that would have been pipe dreams a short time ago.”

Dr. Bavier previously served on the NLN board as a governor at-large and as board secretary. She has more than a dozen years of experience in leadership roles at federal health care agencies, including serving as deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications on nursing education, professional development and oncology.

Dr. Bavier is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and was the first recipient of the Edith Moore Copeland Founders Award for Creativity from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The Chapel of Four Chaplains honored Dr. Bavier with its 2015 Legion of Honor Gold Medallion for exceptional leadership that has brought worldwide attention to her profession and for a life epitomizing the spirit of the sacrifice.

In addition to her experience in higher education, Dr. Bavier served as a program director in the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute and as deputy director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health in the National Institutes of Health, where she received the agency’s highest award, the Director’s Award, for exceptional leadership.

-- Bridget Lewis, contributing writer

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at

About the National League for Nursing

For more than 100 years the National League for Nursing has been the premier organization for nurse faculty, schools of nursing, and leaders in nursing education.
Today the NLN is comprised of 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members representing all types of nursing programs from LPN/LVN through doctorate education. NLN advances the field of nursing education through professional development, research, student exam services, nurse educator certification, public policy, and networking. Visit to learn more.