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Welcome our new Roanoke Campus Associate Dean, Dr. Kimberly Brown

Dr. Kimberly Brown was appointed Associate Dean of Nursing for the Roanoke, VA campus in December 2022. Dr. Brown earned an Associate Degree (ADN – 1992), a Bachelor’s Degree (BSN – 1998), and Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN – 2008) from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. More recently, Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2012 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As a registered nurse for 30 years, Dr. Brown is an experienced academic nurse leader and a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Dr. Brown’s clinical practice included the adult acute care areas of endocrinology, neurology, and post-surgical care, as well as community-based services. She held operational leadership roles in a level-one trauma center.

In 2010 Dr. Brown formally transitioned to academia at her alma mater, Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. Before joining Galen College of Nursing, Dr. Brown served as nursing faculty at Liberty University, James Madison University, and Radford University. Dr. Brown is the founding chair of the Division of Nursing at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. Her professional service roles include the Commission on Nursing Education and Academic Practice Partnership Council for the Virginia Nurses Association. Specialized skillsets developed over the last decade include curriculum development, faculty mentoring, graduate nurse executive education, and new program launch.

“Nursing is my first love and has given my life so much meaning. It is my honor to use my life and skills to assist others in the pursuit of their calling.” -Dr. Kimberly Brown


Dr. Kimberly’s favorite quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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