Henry Talley Named FAMU’s First Male Nursing Dean

One of less than 50 men nationwide leading schools of nursing.

Florida A&M University this week announced Henry C. Talley V as the new dean of its school of nursing, becoming the first man to lead the school in university’s 130-year history.

FAMU Provost Names Lt. Col (Ret.) Henry Talley V New Dean of Nursing

Talley, a retired United States Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and former founding director of Michigan State University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, comes to Tallahassee with professional stops at the VA Medical Center in Memphis and teaching posts at Arkansas State University and New York’s Harlem Hospital Center.

FAMU officials lauded that experience as an asset in the school’s effort to expand healthcare teaching and practice to the surrounding region.

“Dr. Talley brings to FAMU a wealth of experience and knowledge in innovative health care practices that will help to bring the FAMU School of Nursing many more years of success under his leadership,” (FAMU Interim Provost Rodner) Wright said. “His commitment to research, nursing policy, and community empowerment for the underprivileged and marginalized also align perfectly with FAMU’s mission to enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service.”

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Talley joins a short list of men heading American nursing schools, just 46 out of more than 740 programs nationwide.