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Dr. Robert Wade appointed as MEC Dean of Nursing

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Dr. Robert (Bob) Wade, has been appointed as the interim dean of nursing for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) effective May 25.

Wade was chosen for his leadership abilities and vast teaching experience in the medical profession to serve as interim dean for a one-year term. Originally from Campbellsville, Ky., Wade has over 20 years of administrative and nursing experience in both the public and private sector.

Prior to his experience at the collegiate level, Wade worked for several years as a charge nurse in the acute psychiatric care unit and later became a nurse manager at Central State Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He also gained oncology/psychiatric experience as a clinical resource nurse for Clark Memorial Hospital in Clarksville, Ind.

In 2001, he began his career in education as an assistant professor and co-chair of the associate degree nursing program at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville. There, he mentored newly hired full-time faculty, taught classroom and clinical instruction, offered clinical/nursing training and supervised nursing faculty. In 2006, Wade served as chair of the nursing department at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky., and was responsible for the development and implementation of the RN to BSN program. There, he made significant progress toward accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) in the areas of achievement of candidacy status, completion of self-study presentation and site visitation. From 2009 until 2014, he was the dean of nursing at Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Ky. and worked on several committees to improve the overall quality of the nursing department and campus programs. He also served as dean of academic affairs and as a visiting instructor for the nursing web-based program at Chamberlain College of Nursing-Tinley Park Campus in Tinley Park, Ill.

Wade said he desires to provide leadership to the MEC’s nursing faculty hoping to enable them to achieve student success.

“Students have to be happy, therefore faculty have to be happy,” said Wade. “My main objective is to provide a voice for faculty members and to offer quality assistance for student success. The exclusive medical attention the MEC offers is truly wonderful. I feel that serving as interim dean of nursing would be an amazing opportunity for me to work at such a beautifully designed, well-equipped and state-of-the-art facility. I am looking forward to becoming acquainted with the students, faculty and staff at the MEC.”

Wade holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University; an M.S. in Nursing from Bellarmine University and a B.S. in Nursing from Spalding University, both located in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Wade comes to us with significant experience as a nursing faculty member and dean,” said MEC Provost Dr. Anne M. Loochtan. “His leadership style will complement our nursing program and his experience will help him succeed at NOVA-MEC. We are very excited to welcome him to the MEC.”


By Kristina Ogburn

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.