Lora Lacey-Haun assumed the position of Dean for the School of Nursing at UMKC in February 2004 and retired from that position in August 2013. Prior she served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at UMKC from 2002 – 2004 and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the School of Nursing from 1993 until 2002. She received her bachelor and masters degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1977 and 1980, respectively. She received her doctorate from the University or Missouri – Kansas City in Curriculum and Instruction/Adult Education in 1988. She joined the faculty at UMKC School of Nursing August 1981 and remains as emerita professor.
Lacey-Haun has grants, publications and/or presentations in three primary initiatives;
1) Increasing diversity in nursing; 2) increasing access to nursing education; and 3) leadership development. She has received more than $6,000,000.00 in external funding for both research and program grant activities including federal and foundation funding to support these initiatives.
While serving as Dean, she has worked with faculty to develop the school’s program of research in the areas of health care disparities and health needs of the underserved, most of which was community based. The School developed the Nursing Initiative for Urban Health and Wellness which provided a comprehensive focus for research, education, practice and service in efforts to improve the health of individuals living in the urban core and under-served communities. In 2012, School began offering the Bachelors of Health Studies and in March 2013, the School of Nursing officially changed its name to the School of Nursing and Health Studies to reflect the expanding role that the School of Nursing assumed to meet the health care needs of the local Kansas City area, the region and country.
In 2010, Dr. Lacey-Haun was recognized by the UAB School of Nursing as one of 50 Visionary Alumni in celebration of the School’s 50th anniversary. In February of 2013, she was recognized in Ingram’s Magazine as one of 9 Icons in Education from Missouri and Kansas.