Dr. Divina Grossman was appointed Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on April 19, 2012.
Since her arrival on campus, Dr. Grossman has ushered in a new spirit of open communication and inclusion. Her early initiatives have included regular email messages to students, faculty, and staff; meetings with alumni and civic leaders; and the launching of Facebook and Twitter accounts to connect daily with the University community.
Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Grossman was the Founding Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University where she had also served as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Nursing. At Florida International University, Dr. Grossman established the Office of Engagement to provide leadership in implementing the FIU vision of “a public research university that is locally and globally engaged.” Dr. Grossman directed the development of major FIU partnerships to improve K-12 education, advance the life sciences and biotechnology industry, and expand internship and service learning programs.
As Dean, Dr. Grossman spearheaded the expansion of academic programs in Nursing and Health Sciences; created multi-institutional partnerships with community and state colleges, universities, hospital corporations and foundations; raised approximately $12 million for scholarships, laboratory and equipment, and faculty support; and multiplied seven-fold the College endowment. She significantly increased faculty research grantsmanship and research funding; collaborated in the development of the new FIU College of Medicine, the Academic Health Center, and the inter-professional, community-based curriculum for Neighborhood HELP; and completed the new $34 million building for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr. Grossman holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Nursing. She is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for the Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Her research is in the areas of blood pressure rhythms and cultural competence.