A Message from the Founding Dean

Dean Adey Nyamathi
Dean Adey Nyamathi

The first six months of existence as a designated School of Nursing have literally flown by and we are riding the wake of their momentum.  We can look back with pride on all that we have accomplished, and with great anticipation for all that is to come.

Since January, we have achieved official “school” status with a $40 million gift from the Sue & Bill Gross Foundation and my appointment as founding dean. In March, Susanne Phillips, DNP, was appointed to the newly created role of associate dean of clinical affairs. In April, Clinical Professor Susan Tiso, DNP, APRN, and Assistant Clinical Professor Julie Rousseau, PhD, MS, CNM, RN, successfully defended two Song-Brown grants totaling $320,000, which will support RN Capitation and the school's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. In May, Assistant Professor of Nursing Science Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, was recognized at the 24th Annual Celebration of Teaching and received the Dean’s Honoree Award. Also, Dorothy Tu accepted the permanent position as assistant dean after serving in an interim capacity since January 2017.  In June, Clinical Professors Susanne Phillips and Susan Tiso were inducted as Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a prestigious and well-deserved honor. 

Our students have been recognized for their achievements as well. In fact, three out of the 38 students receiving the 2017 Chancellor’s Award of Distinction are from the School of Nursing!  We are thrilled that undergrads Stacy Marie Seiler, Rebekah Mulan Lieu (who also recently received the Elizabeth C. Tierney Nursing Scholarship), and Andrea Lao Kutcher have been selected for this prestigious honor.  Additionally, Hien “Cathy” Nguyen, RN, BSN, SNP, and full-time graduate student in our Master of Science program, received the Suzanne Renee Leider Nursing Award and second year family nurse practitioner student Sonia Sedano, RN, received the Leslie Ann Ferree Compassionate Award. On June 17, our first Commencement Ceremony, as an official school of nursing, was held. During that event, we celebrated the graduation of 50 BS students, 18 MS students and four post-master’s students.     

But, beyond all of the awards and recognition our nursing family has enjoyed, we have remained focused on developing a strategy that will carry our school far into the future. We have established our Vision: To transform the nursing profession by preparing pioneers in research, education, and translation to clinical practice to build innovative, inter-professional models of compassionate community-based health care.  We have established our Mission: Advance the science of health and health care through innovative research, teaching and clinical practice, and to educate nursing professionals who promote and enhance population health across the lifespan.  And we are actively building and identifying the program goals required to achieve our vision and mission including the development of hybrid PhD courses, the launch of our new DNP program.

We’re building strong community ties with our high school summer camp, our middle school field trip and our ongoing community health clinics. We are enhancing the scholarship and mentorship of UCI Nursing as well by identifying opportunities to promote a culture of scholarship and collaboration. 

As our plans materialize and take shape, I look forward to sharing them with you as we continue our journey toward the delivery of innovative, timely, and socially relevant academic programs and compassionate healthcare delivery.

Cordially Yours,


Adey Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN
Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor
UCI Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing