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UF names new College of Nursing dean

Anna M. McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Nursing, effective this summer.

McDaniel serves as the associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing where she has been a faculty member since 1992. A Chancellor’s Professor in both the schools of Informatics and Nursing, McDaniel also directs the graduate nursing informatics certificate program.

“I am confident that Dr. McDaniel is poised to seize the remarkable opportunities that lie ahead for the College of Nursing especially with the crucial role that nursing plays in meeting health care needs of our state and country,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System. “Her strong background as a successful administrator, prolific researcher and scholar, and committed educator will benefit not only the College of Nursing’s faculty and students but the UF health system as a whole. Dr. McDaniel has a track record of strong interdisciplinary work and a very collaborative working style, which is exactly where the future lies for the Academic Health Center at the University of Florida.”

At Indiana University, McDaniel has led the school’s Center for Research and Scholarship to support faculty in the development and implementation of research and scholarly activities through expansion of external funding. Her own research focuses on using technology for cancer prevention and control, and she is currently the principal investigator on a $3.2 million study funded by the National Cancer Institute studying how technology can enhance telephone-based smoking cessation services.

She has contributed to more than 120 scientific publications and presentations, and she has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $34 million in research grants and contracts from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Through a search committee chaired by Michael Perri, Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions, we conducted a rigorous national search for this leadership position that is so critical to the success of undergraduate and graduate nursing education and to clinical care,” said Provost Joseph Glover. “After reviewing a strong field of finalists, the search committee was supportive of Dr. McDaniel, and I agree wholeheartedly with this decision. Dr. McDaniel’s extensive experience as an educator and researcher will further advance the College of Nursing and the University of Florida.”

McDaniel was recognized for her commitment to education by being selected as a member of Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she serves on the academy’s expert panels on informatics and technology and health behavior. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Midwest Nursing Research Society and on the scientific review panel of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

McDaniel received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Ball State University and her Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Indiana University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics from Regenstrief Institute for Health Care in Indianapolis. McDaniel has also served on the nursing faculty at Ball State University and Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am honored to be named dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Florida,” McDaniel said. “This is an exciting but challenging time to lead the college as UF works to achieve its goal to become a top-10 public university. Being a part of the University of Florida Academic Health Center provides the college unparalleled opportunity for continued preeminence among nursing programs nationally. The college has a rich history of leadership and innovation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and I am proud to be joining this tradition of excellence.”

For media inquiries call Rossana Passaniti at 352-273-8569 or email

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Tracy Brown Wright
Former Director of Communications, College of Nursing

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