Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Faculty Member Selected for Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy


ATLANTA – Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing faculty member Dr. Lanell Bellury is one of 12 scholars nationwide who have been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA). 

The NFLA, sponsored by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation, is a highly selective, 20-month mentored leadership academy. It is designed to support the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, titled “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which calls for “health organizations, including nursing organizations and nursing schools, to provide nurses greater opportunities to gain leadership skills and put them into practice.”

“I congratulate Dr. Bellury as she accepts new opportunities to learn from mentors and leaders around the world. Her knowledge, experience and education provide a strong foundation for her participation in this team-based project to advance nursing education,” said Dr. Linda A. Streit, dean of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. “The College is proud to support Dr. Bellury and the NFLA program.”

The NFLA pairs aspiring full-time, non-tenured faculty leaders, called scholars, with experienced leadership mentors, supported by NFLA faculty members. The academy curriculum includes a variety of educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence and outcomes, and is designed to foster academic career success, promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction, encourage personal leadership development and cultivate high-performing, supportive work environments in academia.

“This new group of Leadership Mentors and Scholars represents a great addition to the community of nurse leaders that has evolved over the years as a result of this program,” said David Ruth, executive director of The Elsevier Foundation. “We are proud to sponsor this program for a third time, especially because it continues to build a learning and sharing network that improves nursing education and health care.”

“I congratulate all the new Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy participants,” said Dr. Cathy Catrambone, president of STTI. “These individuals have an unparalleled opportunity not only to learn from thought leaders, but also to transform their colleges and universities by applying that knowledge as they train future generations of nurses worldwide.”

For more than 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides nurses with programs, resources and opportunities, such as those offered through its International Leadership Institute, including the NFLA. For more information about the NFLA, visit

About The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI's roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. For more information, visit

About the Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate not-for-profit 501(c)(3), funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge-centered institutions around the world, with a focus on diversity in STEMM, health information delivery, research in developing countries, nurse leadership and sustainability. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than 100 grants worth over $5 million to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift matching, the foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities.

About the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Founded in 1902 as a school of nursing, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is the oldest nursing program in Georgia. Over its 114-year history, the College has graduated more than 7,500 nurses. The College remains dedicated to educating the person, fostering the passion and shaping the future of nursing. The College merged with Mercer University in 2001 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in nursing. The College of Nursing is one of four academic units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center.