Western Carolina University has selected Anthony “Tony” Roberson as director for its School of Nursing, effective Aug. 1.
Roberson is currently serving as an associate professor of clinical and director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies in Coral Gables, Florida.
“The opportunity to serve as the next leader of Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is a distinct honor,” Roberson said. “I am dedicated to working with the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Nursing, the College of Health and Human Sciences and the university, along with our many community partners, to help meet the growing health care needs of those residing in Western North Carolina and across the state.”
Roberson has leadership, teaching and program development experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served in faculty roles at Duke University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama. He is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. His research interests include addressing the psychiatric mental health needs of incarcerated youth and the implementation of assessment centers in juvenile detention centers to address those specific needs.
Roberson has earned a doctorate in nursing science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in nursing with a focus in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of South Florida, as well as a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Troy State University and a bachelor’s in music from the University of Alabama. He is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
“Dr. Roberson brings more than 30 years of clinical experience and 16 years of academic service to his role as school director, providing leadership in the development and promotion of the mission and strategic priorities of the school, college and university,” said Douglas R. Keskula, dean of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. “We enthusiastically welcome him to our leadership team and look forward to working with him. I especially want to thank Sharon Metcalf and Shawn Collins for their critical leadership roles during the transition over the past year. I want to thank Billy Ogletree and the members of the search committee for conducting a well-run and thorough search process.”
WCU’s School of Nursing is nationally ranked and accredited, with undergraduate and graduate programs at the main campus in Cullowhee, Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville and online. For more information, go to the website nursing.wcu.edu.