The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Announces Dr. Leanne Fowler as President Elect

June 11, 2024

Dr. Leanne FowlerDr. Leanne H. Fowler was elected to serve a two-year term as president-elect of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) beginning April 19, 2024.

NONPF is the premier professional organization with a focus on excellence in nurse practitioner education. In addition to representing members from approximately 96% of all nurse practitioner programs in the United States, NONPF also represents nurse practitioner faculty from Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries. As a recognized leader in education, Dr. Fowler will serve to advance excellence in nurse practitioner education nationally. 

Dr. Fowler is an associate professor of Clinical Nursing and the program director of nurse practitioner programs at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, overseeing the faculty and students of seven nurse practitioner population-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice concentrations. She is a health policy leader and known advocate for nursing practice evidenced by the Governor-appointed membership to the Louisiana Health Equity taskforce and appointment as Vice Chair of legislative taskforces.

“As an esteemed advocate for nursing practice and education, Dr. Fowler's presidency-elect brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to NONPF,” said Dr. Steve Nelson, LSU Health New Orleans Chancellor. “Her leadership will undoubtedly shape the future of nurse practitioner education on a national scale.”

She has led and informed successful Louisiana legislation through commission and taskforce appointments resulting in safer work environments, improved care for vulnerable Louisianians, and more equitable health care to older adult populations that served as a model for national legislation. Dr. Fowler leads national educational initiatives focused on Doctor of Nursing Practice education outcomes and is the Principal Investigator for over $3.6 million of grant-funded educational projects resulting in increasing diversity of the nursing workforce with the capacity to improve health equity in medically underserved areas.

Dr. Fowler is a collaborative leader who impacts thousands of nurses through strategic and relevant policy and education initiatives that diversify the nursing workforce and advance health equity for medically underserved and underrepresented nursing students and communities. Dr. Fowler holds a DNP from the University of South Alabama and BSN from Southern University and A&M College.

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