Kansas City, MO –  Research College of Nursing Governing Board announces the selection of F. Patrick Robinson, Ph.D., ACRN, CNE, RN, ANEF, FAAN, as its next president effective June 1, 2022. Dr. Robinson will succeed a fellow highly regarded thought leader in nursing education, retiring Research College of Nursing President Thad Wilson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.

Formerly the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Arizona College in Phoenix, Robinson obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis and holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Loyola University Chicago.

Research College of Nursing (RCoN) is the Kansas City area’s largest, and longest running, single-purpose nursing institution. Ranked among the five best nursing schools in Missouri, RCoN has over 500 nursing students enrolled across its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Robinson to our community with his progressive leadership experience in nursing education and curricular development,” says Karin McCrary, Research College of Nursing Governing Board Chair and Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair. “The governing board, faculty and staff were engaged throughout this search process, which clearly identified Dr. Robinson as the visionary leader to take RCoN into the future in collaboration with all stakeholders.”

An award-winning educator and nationally recognized leader in academic nursing, Dr. Robinson writes and presents frequently on innovative teaching/learning practices, curriculum evolution, and academic entrepreneurship. Robinson is a champion for social justice and health equity. He has a distinguished record of service to the HIV/AIDS care community and contributes thought leadership on multiple advisory boards. Currently he serves as chair of the board of trustees for the National League for Nursing Foundation, leading philanthropic efforts to support the advancement of excellence in nursing education.

“I am proud of the rich history and meaningful partnership between Research College of Nursing and Research Medical Center,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ashley McClellan. “Dr. Robinson has a long, distinguished career of nursing leadership and history of service spanning more than 30 years. As a respected leader in education, research, service and clinical care, and the advancement of the nursing profession, he is more than qualified to inspire the next generation of nurses at Research College of Nursing.”

“I am honored to join my colleagues at Research College of Nursing as we co-create a future that builds on a strong legacy while embracing ingenuity,” Robinson says. “I knew I found my place as I met our highly student-centric team with a passion for academic excellence. It is also thrilling to be part of the Research Medical Center community and the unparalleled opportunities afforded by such a rich and long-standing academic-practice partnership.”