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CarterBaldwin Executive Search is proud to partner again with East Carolina University (ECU) Board of Trustees in the appointment of Dr. Bimbola Akintade as dean of the ECU College of Nursing effective July 1. He will succeed Dr. Sylvia Brown, who has led the college as dean since 2009.

Akintade comes to ECU from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing, where he is an associate professor in the Organizational Systems and Adult Health Department and has served since 2020 as the associate dean of the Master of Science in Nursing program. He is engaged in clinical practice as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Post Anesthesia Care and the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care units at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

“I am so very pleased that Dr. Akintade has agreed to join us as the next dean of ECU’s College of Nursing. He will help us to build upon an excellent college,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim vice chancellor of ECU’s Division of Health Sciences. “It is clear from our interactions that he is an impressive leader with tremendous vision and superior capacity for strategy. I know that Pirate nurses will be in very good hands.”

Akintade joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2011 and has since held a variety of leadership roles, including six years as program director for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, during which he transitioned the program from the master’s to the doctoral level.

Akintade earned his PhD in nursing along with an MSN, BSN, MBA, and Master of Science in healthcare administration from the University of Maryland university system. His research interests include fostering academic practice partnerships and the use of high-fidelity simulation in clinical practice.

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About East Carolina University College of Nursing
The mission of ECU College of Nursing is to serve as a national model for transforming the health of rural underserved regions through excellence and innovation in nursing education, leadership, research, scholarship, and practice. Upon graduation, students are prepared to integrate the science and art of nursing, articulate informed treatment options, and be an advocate for their patients as they provide and direct expert care.