Seahawk Statute

Advisory Groups

Nurse Advocate Board


The Board's purpose is to ensure that the UNCW School of Nursing remains the southeastern region's leader in nursing education. The Board will advocate for and increase public awareness and support for the SON through a variety of strategies and venues, including:

  • Raising the profile and respect for the SON's academic programs
  • Informing key stakeholders of the SON's ongoing contributions to improving health care in the southeastern North Carolina region
  • Advocating for state, regional, and federal resources to enable the School of Nursing to advance its mission, vision, and strategic initiatives
  • Assisting the SON in identifying and cultivating sources of philanthropic support for nursing students, faculty development and scholarship, community outreach programs, and global health initiatives
  • Promoting SON programs and projects


The Board was established to promote a dedicated group of community leaders whose primary focus is to support the mission of the UNCW School of Nursing through advocacy. There are no specific term-limits and members are encouraged to continue to serve as many years as desired and/or mutually agreed. The SON will collect demographic profiles of new and continuing Board members and welcomes recommendations for membership.
The Board members meet with the SON administrative team, designated faculty, and staff in September, November, February and April. The Board is also invited to special events, e.g., nursing celebrations, graduations, research seminars and conferences, and community outreach activities.

Nurse Advocate Board Members
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Augustine
(Joe & Carolyn)
Dr. Merrill Holden
Ms. Dorothy Bishop Mr. Joseph King
Ms. Mary Ellen Bonczek Ms. Derma Lambert
Ms. Ann Brown Ms. Roxana Miller
Ms. Lolita Bryant Ms. Anne Murchison
Ms. Janet Burkholder Ms. Lillian Newton
Ms. Beth Chadwick Dr. Susan Pierce
Dr. J. Richard Corbett Ms. Margaret Rorison
Ms. Lee Garrett Ms. Lillian Smith
Ms. Karen Gibson Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Varner
(Wayne & Becky)
Dr. Bettie Glenn