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Dr. Janet Williams, R.N., Ph.D., dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, was recently elected by her peers to serve as vice chair for the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) Deans and Directors Committee for the Schools of Nursing throughout the state. Following her year as vice chair, she will become chair for the committee.

Williams has served in the school of nursing for over 20 years as a teacher and administrator, and most recently, as dean. She received a B.S. in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a MSN in adult health nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham, an MBA from University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from USM.

In 2011, she was given the Woman of Achievement Award in the education category by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization.


As an RN with licensure in Mississippi and Louisiana, she held various positions before coming WCU in 1990. She worked as a critical care supervisor at the Doctor’s Hospital in Mobile, Ala., as an instructor at Providence School of Nursing in Mobile, as a sales representative for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals in Norwich, N.Y., as a critical care consultant and educator at University of South Alabama Medical Center, as director of education and quality assurance at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Gulfport and as a staff nurse at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, among other positions.

Also, Dr. John Bailey, Ph.D., professor of physiology and anatomy at WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, was selected as a finalist for The George W. Northup Educator of the Year by the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). Bailey was represented at the 2012 Spring SOMA Convention in March in Washington, D.C., by a video prepared by WCUCOM SOMA members that showed his outstanding instruction and mentoring. The video showed SOMA delegates from across the county how Bailey’s knowledge, array of experiences and unique perspective helps students grasp the complex courses of gross anatomy, medical physiology, and medical neuroscience.

Bailey serves as the faculty advisor for the Anesthesia Interest Group and the Academic & Non-Clinical Interest Group at the WCUCOM, and also serves as a mentor to medical students with aspirations of working in academia.

Bailey received his doctorate in exercise physiology with cognates in anatomy/cell biology, biochemistry and comparative physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. His primary research interests are in muscle physiology, neural control, metabolism of muscle tissue, general cell physiology, and cell biology related to cancer.

He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the American Association of Anatomists, and the American Society for Cell Biology.


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