New Nursing School Takes Root in Los Angeles

The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science has announced the appointment of the founding dean of its new Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing. Gloria J. McNeal, who was serving as associate dean for community and clinical affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, began working at Charles Drew since the beginning of the year. She is a graduate of the nursing school at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

The new nursing school plans to enroll its first 40 students this fall. Dean McNeal plans to have no-cost mobile nursing units operating in underserved areas of Los Angeles by the end of the year. She also plans to develop a doctoral program in nursing at the university.