CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A new dean is coming to the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

According to a release, Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN was named the dean on Wednesday.

She is described as an experienced educator who is devoted to mentoring students and junior faculty in safety, quality, innovation and leadership.

Baernholdt is currently the associate dean of global initiatives and the interim dean of research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing.

She is also a founding director of its Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization-Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery.

This is not Baernholdt’s first stint at UVA, where she previously served as a faculty member in nursing and the School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences.

“Dr. Baernholdt will provide the School of Nursing a holistic, global perspective on the most important issues in nursing,” said K. Craig Kent, MD, Chief Executive Officer of UVA Health and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UVA. “She is a scholar, a thought leader, an exceptional educator and an innovator in patient care and safety. She is everything we could ask for in a dean.”

The release says Baernholdt is succeeding Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was appointed to the position in 2019.

“I’m deeply grateful for Dean Cipriano’s years of outstanding service to the School of Nursing, and thrilled to welcome Dr. Baernholdt back to UVA,” said University President Jim Ryan. “She is truly at the forefront of her field, and brings a tremendous scope of knowledge and experience. It’s a wonderful homecoming.”

Baernholdt has also served at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was the founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation as well as the interim department chair for Adult Health and Health Systems.

She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Baernholdt will become the new dean on Aug. 1.