Danny Willis

Danny Willis, D.N.S., R.N., FAAN
Dean of the College of Nursing
University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is enhancing the physical and mental health of individuals and communities locally and globally through its faculty expertise, academic programs, research, and partnerships.

URI—the state of Rhode Island’s flagship public research university—is pleased to welcome three nationally respected leaders in education and health care as newly appointed deans of the Colleges of Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Nursing, — Kerry LaPlante, dean of pharmacy; Patrick Vivier, dean of health sciences; and Danny Willis, dean of nursing.

URI faculty, clinicians, and researchers engage in interdisciplinary work to educate thoughtful, skilled health professionals who understand the multifaceted aspects of caring for communities and keeping them healthy.

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Danny Willis, a nationally respected education leader and practitioner, is the new dean of the URI College of Nursing. Willis served as dean and tenured professor at Saint Louis University since 2020. Prior to SLU, he was associate dean of academic affairs and a tenured professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing; department chair and tenured associate professor at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing; and instructor of clinical nursing and coordinator of psychiatric nursing at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. 

Danny Willis, D.N.S., R.N., FAAN

Doctor of Nursing Science and Master of Nursing degrees, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Bachelor’s degree, University of Mississippi Medical Center