ACEN Announces Promotions of Drs. Ard and Nunn-Ellison to New ACEN Leadership Positions
Atlanta, Georgia, October 24, 2023 — The ACEN is happy to announce the promotions of Dr. Nell Ard, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, to the new position of Chief Accreditation Officer and Dr. Keri Nunn-Ellison, EdD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE, to the new position of Senior Director.
As the Chief Accreditation Officer, Dr. Ard will be responsible for the strategic oversight of all accreditation processes, ensuring compliance with all internal and external accreditation requirements, as well as identifying customers’ needs, implementing strategies to address those needs, and regularly communicating with customers to ensure the highest quality customer service.
In the role of Senior Director, Dr. Nunn-Ellison will lead the ACEN professional nursing staff and oversee the day-to-day accreditation operational processes that interface with faculty and program leaders of nursing education programs and transition-to-practice programs currently accredited or seeking accreditation with the ACEN.
Drs. Ard and Nunn-Ellison were each active peer evaluators for the ACEN in the roles of team member, team chair, and Evaluation Review Panel member prior to joining the ACEN as Directors. In their previous roles, they provided support and mentorship to program faculty and leaders of nursing education programs and transition-to-practice programs through Candidacy, initial and continuing site visits, and interim reporting. Drs. Ard and Nunn-Ellison’s expertise were also instrumental in the continued recognition of the ACEN from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in 2018 and 2023, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2021. Other notable achievements include their participation in the revisions of the 2017 and 2023 ACEN Standards and Criteria and an overall increase in the number of accredited programs nationally and internationally.
Dr. Kathy Chappell, Chief Executive Officer, ACEN, expressed, “Drs. Ard and Nunn-Ellison are highly accomplished leaders who have contributed significantly to the growth and success of ACEN. Their collective energy, experience, and wisdom will continue to drive ACEN successfully forward into the future.”
Please join us in congratulating Drs. Ard and Nunn-Ellison on their promotions!
The ACEN Self-Study Forum offers attendees an in-depth analysis and application of the new 2023 Standards and Criteria, demystifies the ACEN accreditation process, and provides interactive guidance in applying the ACEN Standards to measure the educational quality of your nursing program and inform decision-making for improvements in your program. Additionally, there will be opportunities for you to network with your peers in nursing education.
Your ACEN Speakers
The ACEN Self-Study Forum will be delivered by the following ACEN Directors:
The ACEN Directors will guide you through the process of peer review during this one-and-a-half-day forum, with scheduled times for questions and answers.
We encourage nursing faculty and administrators from Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and other universities within and outside Jordan to attend the forum to learn about the ACEN accreditation process and enhance the quality of your nursing education program.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for five Commissioners for the ACEN Board of Commissioners and one member for the ACEN Nominating Committee. The ACEN values the perspectives of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and seeks to include the broadest range of perspectives within the composition of the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee.
ACEN Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners is the governing board for the ACEN, which oversees the business, property and funds of the Corporation. The majority of the Commissioners’ time and effort is related to reviewing nursing programs seeking initial or continuing accreditation with the ACEN.
Two nurse educators for a three-year term representing associate nursing programs
One nurse educator for a three-year term representing baccalaureatenursing programs
One nurse educator for a three-year term representing master’s/clinical doctoratenursing programs
One nurse clinician/practitioner for a three-year term representing nursing service
One nurse educator, nursing clinician/practitioner, or member of the public for a three-year term
Nomination Process for Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee
We encourage you to nominate a colleague or yourself for one of these important leadership positions. Nominations are due to ACEN by December 8, 2023. We hope you will consider serving in one of these essential leadership roles in support of nursing education programs.
Please submit nomination form or nominate a colleague here.
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October 23-24 and October 26-27, 2023 – Atlanta, GA
Here are 5 reasons to attend a Self-Study Forum in-personthis fall:
1. Explore the Buckhead Area
Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, is the city’s uptown commercial and residential district. Experience upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment, or visit one of the area’s parks, art galleries, or museums. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Connect with your peers in nursing education who reside and work outside your state and learn about practices and strategies that may benefit your program.
3. Connect with the ACEN CEO and Directors
Bring your questions! This is an opportunity to engage with your ACEN nursing staff one-on-one! We are your supportive partners in accreditation and look forward to helping you reach your nursing program goals!
4. Hotel Accommodations
Experience the perfect blend of luxury service and serene elegance at the newly renovated JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead. Accommodations include a fitness center and an indoor pool. Also enjoy complimentary lunches, breakfast, and refreshments throughout the event.
5. Be Inspired
A trip out of town may be just what you need to gain some new insights!