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Dr. Gloria J. McNeal named Dean of National University's School of Health and Human Services

July 11, 2013

San Diego, Calif. - Dr. Gloria J. McNeal has been named Dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services, Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, President of National University, announced today.

Prior to joining National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, Dr. McNeal served as the Founding Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California. Previously, she held a tenured faculty position as Assistant and Associate Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and prior faculty appointments at Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. McNeal has held management positions for Keystone Mercy Health Plan and the MercyCARE Mobile Health Programs in Pennsylvania.

Dr. McNeal holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and has held several pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. Since 2006, Dr. McNeal has been given the distinct honor of being recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a 2007 Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Villanova University. She holds several Board Certifications and Credentials in her field, and she is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation while serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

An active scholar with interests in community and public healthcare topics, Dr. McNeal’s many grants, publications, and presentations over the past three decades have earned her numerous teaching, community service, and research awards.

For more information about Dr. McNeal and National University’s School of Health and Human Services, visit http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfHealthAndHumanServices.html.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California. With 30,000 students and more than 130,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer 133 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

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