Founding dean, Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, it is our privilege to announce that Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the nursing science program, professor of nursing science and future founding dean of the planned Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at UCI. An adult nurse practitioner and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she will begin her new position in January 2017.

As a distinguished professor and the associate dean for research and international scholarship in the UCLA School of Nursing, Adey has led teams of multidisciplinary principal investigators on more than a dozen NIH-funded R01s and other research mechanisms related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Her domestic research has centered on the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, among homeless and previously incarcerated populations. Internationally, she has worked with women living with AIDS in rural India.

A renowned scholar and academician, Adey has disseminated more than 200 peer-reviewed publications nationally and worldwide, in leading interdisciplinary journals. Under her leadership as associate dean for research, the UCLA School of Nursing currently ranks fifth for NIH research funding in basic and behavioral sciences.

Adey earned a master’s degree in nursing and her adult nurse practitioner certification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her doctorate in nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Nursing science has a bright future at UCI. In January, the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation made a generous $40 million commitment to establish a nursing school and assist in the construction of a new building to house it. The nursing school proposal is expected to reach the UC Board of Regents for final review and approval in early 2017.

We are grateful to the search committee and its chair, Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology & social behavior, medicine and public health, for their dedicated efforts and vital contributions to the search process. Our personal thanks, along with the appreciation of all of us at UCI, are extended to E. Alison Holman, who has served so ably as interim director of the program in nursing science.

We look forward to Adey becoming a member of the Anteater family. Please join us in welcoming her to UCI.


Enrique Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
CEO, UC Irvine Health

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