Dr. Lachel Story is a Professor as well as the Dean at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Story has taught at Southern Miss for 16 years in the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. She has also served in various administrative capacities. Dr. Story started her nursing career 25 years ago as an LPN. She received her BSN and MSN from Southern Miss and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her program of research includes funded community-based participatory research projects with a focus on Community Health Workers and health disparities. She has multiple publications and presentations regarding her research, innovative teaching strategies, and program evaluation. Additionally, she has a pathophysiology textbook reflecting her unique pedagogy with its fourth edition being released later this year and an advanced pathophysiology textbook in its first edition. Dr. Story participated in the Leadership for Academic Programs Fellowship through the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing in 2015 and the Management Development Program through Harvard's Graduate School of Education in 2019; both were competitive processes.