Four Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans

Rosario Medina has been appointed dean of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She currently serves as associate dean of clinical and community affairs at the University of Colorado Anschutz College of Nursing. She has held numerous leadership positions at the University of Colorado including associate dean for academic affairs for the graduate programs, assistant dean for graduate nursing, assistant dean for graduate student affairs, and director of the doctor of nursing program. She also spent 25 years as a family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Medina received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pace University in New York. She then went on to graduate from the College of New Rochelle in New York as a clinical nurse specialist with a minor in education. She holds a family nurse practitioner degree from Florida Atlantic University, as well as an acute care nurse practitioner degree and a Ph.D. in nursing from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Aherial Polite has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Augusta Technical College in Georgia. She previously served as chair of the chemistry, physics, and nuclear technology department at Aiken Technical College in South Carolina.

Polite holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in leadership from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

TaKeia N. Anthony has been named dean of the Honors College and executive director of the A. Philip Randolph Social Justice Law, and Economic Policy Center at Edward Waters University, a historically Black educational institution in Jackonsville, Florida. Dr. Anthony previously served as an assistant professor of history at Edward Waters University earlier in her career. She currently serves as interim dean of the Whitney Young Honors Collegium and associate professor of history at Kentucky State University.

Dr. Anthony received her bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in African history from North Carolina Central University. She earned her Ph.D. in African diaspora history from Howard University in the District of Columbia.

Renee Reeder has been appointed dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville, where she currently serves as professor, department chair for clinical education, and assistant dean for curriculum and assessment. She was previously with the Illinois College of Optometry for 21 years, where she held positions such as founding coordinator of the contact lens residency program, chief of the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence, ocular disease curriculum coordinator, and educational technology committee chair.

Dr. Reeder holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctor of optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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