Dr. Wanda K. Lawrence was appointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 2015. Lawrence earned a doctorate in philosophy with an emphasis in higher education leadership from Capella University. She also holds a master of nursing in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NCCU in 1978. Her certifications include a medical-surgical endorsement from the American Nurses Association. She has experience in medical cardiology as a clinical nurse educator as well as a Director of CHF/telemetry at Moses Cone Hospital and had the wonderful opportunity to open a 6 bed angioplasty unit. Her tenure at Moses Cone was seventeen years having various leadership positions. Lawrence previously served on the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University from 2003 to 2015. She was promoted to full professor in early 2015. In addition to her teaching duties, Lawrence was the coordinator for global partnerships at WSSU and headed up strategic efforts to improve scores for the National Council Licensure Examination for nurses. She also served as a guest lecturer at Hubei University, Wuhan, China. Dr. Lawrence’s most recent research is providing strategies to reduce the risk of heart attack among African American women. Her most recent grant resulted in implementation of an education program – SOSAT ( Saving One sister at a time).