Wilmoth named interim dean

Executive Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, will become the UNC School of Nursing’s interim dean on January 1, 2022.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin announced yesterday that Dr. Wilmoth will serve as interim dean until a new dean is appointed.

Nena Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, joined Carolina Nursing as dean and professor in January of 2017, and she announced her plan to retire earlier this year. A national search for her replacement is underway with Dean Angela Kashuba from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy serving as chair of the search committee.

“It’s an honor to step into this role and lead the School during this transition,” said Dr. Wilmoth. “My colleagues and I are grateful to Dean Peragallo Montano for her visionary leadership these last five years — it has been a time of great progress and growth for Carolina Nursing. I look forward to guiding the School forward during the search as we continue on our path of excellence in nursing science, education, and practice.”

Dr. Wilmoth received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.

Dr. Wilmoth joined the faculty of the UNC School of Nursing in August of 2017 as the inaugural executive vice dean and as associate dean for academic affairs. An experienced educator with 40 years’ experience in higher education, she has taught across all levels of nursing education and previously served as dean and professor at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University.

During her concurrent career in the U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. Wilmoth commanded units of various size and complexity, including serving as the first nurse and female Deputy Surgeon General for the Army Reserve.  

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