VALDOSTA, GA — Dr. Anita G. Hufft, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will represent Valdosta State University as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors. Her two-year term begins March 24.
As the official voice of America’s baccalaureate, graduate, and post-graduate nursing education, the AACN represents more than 740 schools of nursing at both public and private universities and senior colleges across the country. It is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from 11 member institutions, and it works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist schools in implementing those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; as well as promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
“The goals of the AACN parallel those of our nursing and health sciences programs,” explained Hufft, who joined the VSU family in 2004 as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing, “and I hope to collaborate with other nursing deans across the country to assure that we will have a highly educated and diverse workforce of nursing professionals ready to lead the delivery of quality health care, along with sufficient numbers of nurse scientists to generate new knowledge to improve health and the delivery of health care services.”
Hufft earned her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Texas Woman’s University; a Master of Nursing in psychiatric and mental health nursing from Louisiana State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. She holds licensure as a registered nurse in Georgia. Prior to accepting a position at VSU, she held academic appointments at Louisiana State University, Indiana University Southeast, William Carey College, Indiana University, Spalding University, and Houston Baptist University.
A veteran of the United States Army, Hufft enjoys sharing her knowledge with others through consultations and professional conferences and publications and serving her profession as a member of various task forces, committees, and boards, such as the Georgia Board of Nursing, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s Academic Advisory Committee on Nursing, Georgia Association of Nursing Deans and Directors, Journal of Forensic Nursing Editorial Board, Georgia Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nursing, and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has received numerous grants, fellowships, awards, and honors.
Source: Valdosta State University Press Release