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Gina Spivey Spivey-Brown (She/Her)

Chief Servant and Dean

  • Nursing Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences


Gina S. Brown, Ph.D., MSA, RN

Dr. Gina S. Brown currently serves as the Dean for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. 

For over 25 years, Dr. Brown has worked professionally in North America, Asia and Africa. Her expertise as a professional administrator (educator and nurse), in addition to her wide academic experience in many areas (traditional, adult and on-line learning) has allowed for the development of  graduate and undergraduate programs, in addition to sustained and substantial contributions to diversifying the healthcare workforce by structuring opportunities for an estimated 1000 underrepresented students to launch nursing, advanced practice, and other healthcare careers. She has worked on the development of international programs in schools and hospitals in Ghana, the Philippines, and Tanzania with international capacity building. 


She is engaged with active participation with a wide audience of nursing leaders, interdisciplinary health care professionals (Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) in an effort to advance the nation's agenda in expanding inclusive health care. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA). She is a transformational leader who has spoken on 5 continents, addressing health disparities, social justice and religious liberty issues to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are hallmarks of her accomplishments.


Dr. Brown holds four degrees; an undergraduate nursing and an undergraduate biology degree, both from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in addition to graduate studies in anatomy. She received her Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University in 1989 and her Ph.D. degree in Nursing Administration (with a focus on Policy and Ethics) from George Mason University in 1999. Prior to joining the academic team at Howard, Dr. Brown held the position of Dean, School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness at Washington Adventist University for 12 years. Within this position, she was charged with total oversight for the following departments; nursing (largest department within the University), biology, biochemistry, chemistry, health wellness and physical education, respiratory care and all health-related pre-professional programs. The graduate programs of Nursing Business Leadership, Nursing Education and Healthcare Administration are also under her portfolio.  For almost four years, Dr. Brown held an academic position within the School of Nursing at the prestigious Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda California. She was charged with using her God-given expertise to provide insight into the Doctor of Nursing Program with curriculum development and course instruction for the final project phase of the program in addition to other responsibilities. Dr. Brown concurrently used her skills as the Academic Consultant for Atlantic Union College to assist in garnering the offering of its degree-granting authority, restarting of academic programs and restructuring of the organization. 


Currently Dr. Brown serves as the Dean for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University. She has been charged with oversight for the entire College under the direction of the current President, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick. Within this purview are many university-wide responsibilities which include but are not limited to; complete responsibility for the following departments: Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Management, Nursing (undergraduate and graduate); Nutritional Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Radiation Therapy. Dr. Brown holds a number of other responsibilities within the College and University and is excited and loves being a member of the Howard family.