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Kechinyere (Kechi) Iheduru-Anderson Selected as the Inagural Nursing Program Director and Associate Professor

Kechinyere (Kechi) Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, CWCN is the inaugural Nursing Program Director and associate professor at the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Prior to this, she served as assistant dean of nursing and the director of Laboure College’s RN to BSN Program in Milton, Massachusetts. She has held other leadership positions in nursing practice and academia. Kechi earned her Doctoral degree in nursing education and master’s degree in nursing leadership and healthcare administration from Regis College Weston Massachusetts and her bachelor’s degree at Curry College. She is a certified nurse educator (CNE). Her research interests focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism in nursing practice, leadership, and education. Dr. Iheduru-Anderson is a prolific writer, nurse, and student advocate.

As a nursing program director, Kechi has led nursing programs through successful accreditations. She is a well-known speaker with many publications and presentations at several organizations and conferences. She recently co-authored four (4) articles:

  • "Mentoring experience for Career Advancement: The perspectives of Black Women Academic Nurse Leaders”
  •  "Critical Race Theory: A framework for the Re-education of American Nurses”
  •  “Prelicensure Nursing Students' Reflections on Institutional Response to the 2020 Covid-19 Crisis”, and
  • "Race-induced Trauma, Antiracism, and Radical Self-care"

Kechi is an active member of Association of Black Nurse Faculty and National Black Nurses Association, American Nurses Association-MI, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a very active member of several committees with the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition. She is the recipient of received the 2016 ANA -Massachusetts Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Fall 2020 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award, 2021 Association of Black Nurse Faculty Young Publisher award, and 2021 Faculty Excellence Award for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University, most recently, the recipient of the Nightingale award for nursing excellence in the research category. She is an avid faculty and student advocate and mentor. Kechi currently serves as an inaugural Advisory Council member of the Chamberlain University’s Nurse Faculty Residency Program and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) evaluator. She is the Co-Chair of the ABNF Research Committee and the Parliamentarian of the ABNF board. And, she is an inaugural Fellow of American Association of Colleges of Nursing Elevated Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN).