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Ash Named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Maryland School of Nursing

January 12, 2016

Ash will serve as primary advisor on operational and strategic goals related to diversity.

Jeffrey Ash headshotBaltimore, Md. – Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently appointed Jeffrey Ash, EdD, as UMSON’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion. Ash joins UMSON from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was a clinical associate professor and director of internships in the Erickson School of Management and Aging Studies.

In his new role, Ash will serve as the primary advisor to UMSON’s senior academic leadership, senior administrative team, and Diversity and Inclusion Council on operational and strategic goals related to diversity. Additionally, Ash will oversee all of UMSON’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and will partner with colleagues across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus to promote and execute UMB efforts related to diversity and inclusion. Ash will also serve as an assistant professor in UMSON’s Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice.

“Dr. Ash is a facilitation expert in the area of diversity and inclusion. He has extensive experience teaching and working with multicultural and diverse populations at all levels and in a variety of formats in higher education,” Kirschling said. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ash leading our efforts as he plans, implements, and assesses goals related to diversity and inclusion within academic nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.”  

Ash earned a Doctor of Education degree in Urban Educational Leadership from Morgan State University; a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management Organizational Development from the University of Maryland University College; and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Towson University.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked sixth nationally. Enrolling more than 1, 700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment