Beverly Foster, MN, MPH, PhD, RN

Clinical Professor Emerita

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Bev Foster received her PhD in administration in higher education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her BSN from Syracuse University, an MPH in community development from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a MN from the University of California at Los Angeles as a clinical specialist in maternal/newborn care. She has held numerous roles in both practice and academe. She began teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981, and directed the undergraduate nursing program from 1994 to 2017. Her primary teaching areas include maternal/newborn care, public health nursing and inter-professional practice.

Dr. Foster is active in community service in many local and state agencies related to health and human services, having served for many years both as chair and member on the Boards of Health and Healthy Carolinians in Orange County. At the state level she was appointed by the Governor to the state Healthy Carolinians Advisory Board and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence. Bev is also active in regulation and accreditation, serving as an elected member and Chair of the NC Board of Nursing from 2001-08 and on various committees with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She is active in accreditation, and served as a program site evaluator, team leader, and member of the Evaluation Review Panel for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). She is currently a site evaluator and accreditation team leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and served two terms on their Report Review Committee.

Dr. Foster was a member of the Essentials Task Force (AACN) for the development of The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021). Dr. Foster has received numerous grants for projects to enhance the School’s educational mission. Recent publications and presentations focus on regulation, accreditation, program leadership and educational innovations.  Dr. Foster retired in 2021.