UC Irvine School of Nursing Building Momentum with New Dean, New School Designation

The newly designated Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at UC Irvine is gaining momentum following a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation and the naming of the founding dean Adeline "Adey" Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN.   Focused on reinforcing the university's commitment to nursing science, Nyamathi is preparing to add faculty and develop new programs.

"My vision for the school is to train future nurse researchers, educators and innovators, in the classroom and across the healthcare system in ways that will improve population health outcomes and the patient experience," she said.  "Whether someone is pursuing a nursing education, career or seeking to contribute to health research, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is where passions to enhance the health of our communities will be nurtured."

Nyamathi, a renowned scholar and academician, joined UC Irvine in January from UCLA's School of Nursing where she served as professor and associate dean of International Research and Scholarly Activities.  Under her leadership, and as a result of the School designation and generous gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation, the UCI School of Nursing’s overall enrollment is expected to double within the next decade, from about 200 to about 400 students.

“Under the leadership of Dean Nyamathi and an accomplished faculty, the school of nursing is poised to achieve extraordinary things,” said Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UC Irvine Health. “The school will take innovative approaches to preparing nurses to care fortomorrow’s patients; it will train nursing leaders in academia, research and clinical care; and it will help set the course for the future of health sciences education and collaboration among professionals across the healthcare spectrum.”

Already a highly selective program -- just 3.6 percent of freshman applicants were admitted in 2016 -- the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.  Along with the UCI School of Medicine, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Program in Public Health, the school of nursing is now part of UCI’s College of Health Sciences. 

"Inspired by our mission to significantly build research capacity and emboldened by community support to address critical healthcare issues, we are poised to build this program into a top-ranked nursing school," said Nyamathi. “I am honored to take the helm of a school where illustrious faculty and staff have rapidly pushed the nursing program to new heights.”

About Adeline "Adey" Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN:Adey Nyamathi is a highly respected researcher, academician and distinguished professor.  During the course of her career, she has been the principal investigator in nine NIH-funded RO1s and other NIH grants funded by NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, and NIAID. During her three decades of continuous RO1 NIH funding as a Principle Investigator, Nyamathi has conducted descriptive and randomized trials among vulnerable populations, including homeless, drug-addicted and incarcerated persons, gay/bisexual youth and men at risk for HIV/AIDS, and rural women living with AIDS in India. In her current NIH-funded study with offenders, Nyamathi’s team is successfully working with women recently exiting jails and prisons to ensure they have access to psychological empowerment, health care services and life skills education needed to halt repeat drug use and incarcerations. Nyamathi has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications nationally and worldwide, in leading interdisciplinary journals.  She earned a master's degree in nursing and her adult nurse practitioner certification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; she attained her doctorate at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  Nyamathi is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

About the UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing: The UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science was established in 2007 and designated the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing in 2017 following a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation.  The UCI School of Nursing provides academic and professional education in the discipline of nursing and prepares graduates for basic clinical and advanced practice roles. It also prepares them for educational, administrative and research positions across the healthcare delivery system, as well as faculty positions in academic institutions. The school's bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). To learn more visit