Boards and Committees

Board/Committee Name:UCF Continuing Care retirement Community
Position: Appointed Member

Board/Committee Name: UCF Health (College of Medicine Practice)
Position:Appointed Member

Academic Credentials

University of Texas
Doctor of Philosophy
Adult Health Research
Austin, Texas

Ohio State University
Master of Science in Nursing

Acute Care Administration
Clinical Specialist
Columbus, Ohio

Ohio University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Athens, Ohio

Ohio Valley General Hospital
Diploma in Nursing

Wheeling, West Virginia

Corner Office Leader

Mary Lou Sole
Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing-Orlando, FL
Orlando Health Endowed Chair
UCF Pegasus Professor

Professional Organizations
Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American College of Chest Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
Southern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter (UCF)
American Nurses Association
Florida Nurses Association
National League for Nursing

Were you in leadership roles as a kid?
There wasn’t a lot of opportunity in a small community where I grew up. The leadership took place mostly in clubs, such as 4-H.

Were you in leadership roles in high school?
I assumed the role of editor of my high school yearbook. I was proud of the publication as my class was the last one to graduate from that high school and we were the 100th graduating class. I also helped in the principal’s office. If an opportunity arose I took advantage of it!

How has your background as a nurse affected your understanding of leadership?
I started as a Diploma graduate in the 1970’s. The Director of the nursing school invited me teach at one and a half years into practice. You could say, I was “tapped on the shoulder” by my role models to assume leadership positions. Finishing my BSN education and assuming a charge nurse role early on brought me awareness and understanding of the importance of leadership.

Were there “key” moments that set you on your leadership path?
As a Clinical Nurse Specialist I took on an important leadership role with four critical care units in a large hospital in Texas. When I first came to the University of Central Florida I was open to assuming new leadership roles. The first was assisting in new program development, such as the master’s programs. I was willing to take on new opportunities and took advantage of them as they came. Becoming a Dean was not originally a career goal, but I found I really enjoyed the role and applied for my current position!

Now that you are a Dean, how do you hire?
As Dean of the College, when I hire faculty and staff I look for people who are team players and willing to contribute to the overall success of the organization.. I want to work with people who will enhance and change the organization. Since our faculty and staff are not large, it is also important to hire individuals who are willing to go above and beyond, and will step up and take charge.

What about lessons you have learned from your mentors?
Not to be afraid and take risks. Search and find what is your best fit. Determine long and short-term goals to guide your career path. Do not be afraid to negotiate your needs and salary. Do more reflection on your progress and help develop others.


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