Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, was named as 7th dean of the UVA School of Nursing on April 20, 2022. Dr. Baernholdt is an experienced educator who has devoted her career to mentoring students and junior faculty in safety, quality, innovation and leadership. She comes to us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing, where she is the associate dean of global initiatives, the interim dean of research and a founding director of its Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization-Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery. Dr. Baernholdt joins UVA effective August 1, 2022.
Dr. Baernholdt’s appointment marks her return to UVA, where she had previously been a faculty member at the School of Nursing and the School of Nursing’s Department of Public Health Sciences. During her time at UVA, her leadership roles included serving as director of global initiatives for the School of Nursing and director of its Rural & Global Health Care Center. In addition to her time at UVA and UNC, Baernholdt has also served at Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University. There she was founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety & Innovation and interim department chair for Adult Health & Health Systems.