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Grimsley embraces transition to Academic Affairs

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Albany State University’s new assistant vice president for Academic Affairs brings a quarter-century of teaching experience to the newly created position.

Dr. Linda Grimsley stepped into the role at the beginning of fall semester.  She previously served as chair of the ASU Department of Nursing since 1999.

“Dr. Grimsley is an experienced administrator, and she has demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders of the University,” said Dr. Abiodun Ojemakinde, vice president for Academic Affairs.

Grimsley said, “I believe the position is a new way of growing and doing more for ASU. I believe in doing more for students and faculty to make ASU better.”

She holds an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree both in nursing from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga. Grimsley also graduated from then Valdosta State College, where she was in the first class of students to earn the master’s degree in nursing. She went on to earn a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For Grimsley, a career in nursing was an opportunity to help others.

“I have always been interested in helping people,” she said.

Grimsley worked as a hospital nurse, a staff nurse and director of nursing in Sylvester, Ga., for 13 years with the Hospital Corporation of America before deciding to teach future nurses.

“It was more interesting to see nurses grow,” she said.

Grimsley started teaching at Albany State 25 years ago as an assistant professor of nursing under former dean of the Department of Nursing Dr. Lucille Wilson.

“Dr. Wilson’s stellar reputation amongst the Georgia Board of nursing and in South Georgia in general was the main reason I chose Albany State,” Grimsley said. “I had heard such good things about Dr. Wilson that when I heard there was a position open, I took it.”

She worked as an assistant professor for two years before becoming coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program, a position she held for 12 years. Grimsley was named Chair of Department of Nursing in 1999.

In her new role, she will continue working with students. Grimsley said she loves teaching, learning, and assisting with the advancement of others.

“Seeing students completing their degrees and getting the jobs they want gives me the same feeling that mothers get when their children succeed,” Grimsley said.

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