COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A veteran nursing administrator and faculty member has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Mississippi University for Women.

Dr. Tammie McCoy, chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, will assume the position July 1, pending approved by the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning. She will fill the role held by long-serving administrator Dr. Sheila V. Adams after more than a 45-year tenure.

“MUW is fortunate that Dr. McCoy is interested in moving into the position of Dean. She has played an important role in the growth and success of The W’s nursing programs and is a well-respected administrator in nursing education in Mississippi.

“She brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I am confident she will provide effective guidance and support for all of the college’s programs as The W continues to develop as a state leader in the preparation of students for health-related professions,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Under the guidance of McCoy, The W’s BSN program boasted a state-leading 100 percent first-time pass rate for the NCLEX exam. It was the second time in three years The W achieved a 100 percent passing rate.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as the next dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The W has had a long history of providing outstanding academic education with exceptional faculty, staff and students. I will strive to continue that tradition and look forward to seeing what the future holds as we work together to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of the area,” McCoy said.

In her role as chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, McCoy received the Kossen Faculty Excellence Award in 2014 and the MUW Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2016.

Additionally, McCoy was named one of the top 20 medical and nursing professors in Mississippi by Online Schools Mississippi in 2013. She was honored as Mississippi’s Community Service Nurse of the Year for her statewide projects related to breast cancer awareness outreach and community literacy campaigns through the Mississippi Nurse’s Association Nightingale Awards in Jackson.

She also has been the recipient of The W Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, an award presented to alumni and friends of the university who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, bringing distinction and honor to the university.

McCoy has been involved in projects within Mississippi that include raising funds for mammograms, teaching students to read, promoting summer reading programs, proper utilization of seatbelts and providing immunizations for students. Internationally she has worked to provide immunizations for children in third world countries.

She has served in many capacities for the General Federation of Women’s Club, the Mississippi Federation of Women’s Club and the Pontotoc Woman’s Club. McCoy established the statewide volunteer initiative “Feeding Fellow Mississippians.”

McCoy holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Mississippi. She earned a bachelor’s degrees in nursing and in biological science from the University of Mississippi.

April 12, 2018
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