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Stephan Davis, DNP, FACHE, NEA-BC

Executive Director, Inclusive Leadership Education/Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephan Davis is the inaugural executive director of inclusive leadership education for the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also serves as assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion for VCU’s College of Health Professions, which houses programs across nine disciplines. These include top-ranked programs, as noted by U.S. News & World Report, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy (ranked in the top 20), healthcare management and rehabilitation counseling (ranked in the top five), and the No. 1 nurse anesthesia program in the nation.

Dr. Davis is an ACHE faculty member and the immediate past chair of the ACHE LGBTQ Healthcare Leaders Community. He has served as an ACHE Regent-at-Large, a role created to foster diversity in the governance of ACHE. In addition, he serves as chair of the Quality and Safety Faculty Forum for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. For his leadership in the interprofessional context, he has been elected as a distinguished scholar and fellow of the National Academies of Practice 2022 class of inductees.

Dr. Davis holds numerous board certifications, including credentials in healthcare quality, finance, strengths-based coaching, nursing leadership and academic nursing education. From 2016 to 2020, he worked with WellStar Health System as its system director of academic partnerships from 2016 to 2018 and as a consultant for organizational development as he transitioned to academia. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


21X—From RN to Chief Nursing Officer: Journeys of Leadership and Resiliency Amid Unprecedented Change

Presented by Jill Case-Wirth, RN, FAAN, LeeAnna Spiva, PhD, RN, Stephan Davis, DNP, FACHE, NEA-BC at 4:00 PM on Monday, March 28th.

According to recent surveys, many nurses and nurse leaders are preparing to exit their roles and/or leave the profession. While many executives may view succession management as a high priority, given that gaps in nursing leadership can be attributed to poorer patient outcomes, many nurses who are early careerists may not be interested in pursuing…