COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women alumna Dr. Brandy Houlk Larmon has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, pending approval by the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

“A long-time faculty member, administrator and alumnus of The W's nursing program as well as a visible champion for nursing education across the state and region, Dr. Larmon has the right balance of vision and experience to lead our College of Nursing and Health Sciences into the next chapters of its long and distinguished history,” said Scott Tollison, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Larmon currently serves as department chair and succeeds Dr. Tammie McCoy, dean and professor emerita of nursing. 

“My love for The W and its mission/vision began as a college freshman and has only grown over the almost 15 years I have been both a nursing faculty member and program chair. Through the years, I have been given the distinct pleasure to work alongside faculty and staff in all health science programs here at The W whom I regard as the best and brightest in their respective fields,” Larmon said.

As dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, I will remain passionate about the success of all our health science programs, students and faculty/staff as we continue to collaborate in fulfilling the strategic mission of the university and producing alumni that are diverse, contributing leaders in our community and healthcare industry.”

In 2008, she joined The W’s faculty as part of the associate degree nursing program. She has served the college in various capacities, including the RN-BSN online upgrade, associate professor and full professor with tenure.

She has worked in numerous healthcare settings at Starkville Manor Healthcare, the Mississippi State Department of Health-Central Office, Vineyard Court Nursing Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Oxford.

Larmon holds an EdD in higher education from Delta State University, a master’s in nursing with a concentration in health administration from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The W. In 2021, she earned a certificate in Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity from the University of Colorado.

The Mississippi Nurses’ Association, American Nurses Association, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses, and the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing as a nationally elected Nominations Committee member, a seasoned Site Visitor, and an Evaluation Review Panel Member are among her many professional affiliations/roles. She is also rooted in the community as a lifetime member of the Junior Auxiliary and service on the Pregnancy Crisis Center Medical Advisory Board.

She and her husband, Neil, an air traffic controller at Columbus Air Force Base, reside in West Point and have two children, Lily Grace and Wyatt.

June 24, 2022
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