Skip navigation

College of Nursing and Health Professions

About the College

Lachel Story

Welcome to the Southern Miss College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) website. I am thrilled to share with you our extraordinary educational opportunities for students interested in nursing and health care. Our College is comprised of four schools—Health Professions, Professional Nursing Practice, Leadership & Advanced Nursing Practice, and Speech & Hearing Sciences. Students will find programs in allied health, athletic training, audiology, kinesiotherapy, nursing, public health, speech pathology, and therapeutic recreation within those schools.

Currently, professionals working in various healthcare roles have tremendous opportunities and responsibilities for improving health care and responding to emerging health-related crises. These programs at Southern Miss provide an inclusive learning environment with diverse educational experiences to prepare healthcare professionals at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Graduates of our programs will be equipped to transform health care and improve the health and well-being of individual patients, families, communities, and populations. Students will work with exceptional faculty who are leaders in their disciplines, accomplished researchers, and skilled educators.

Over the next decade, jobs in health care are projected to be among the top occupations for growth, making this a perfect time to pursue or advance your career in health care. On behalf of the CNHP faculty, staff, students, and alumni, I hope you will come SOAR with us at Southern Miss!

Dr. Lachel Story

Professor and Dean


The College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Mississippi is an engaged interdisciplinary community of diverse students, staff, faculty, and external partners dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Through innovative and evidence-based practices, the College creates an educational environment that supports student success and prepares highly qualified professionals to improve health at the local, state, national and global levels.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions aspires to be recognized for excellence in advancing health through exemplary academic programs, interdisciplinary research, and the quality of graduates.

Strategic Goals
  1. Cultivate an environment for student success
  2. Deliver quality academic programs
  3. Strategically grow our presence
  4. Enrich community and clinical partnerships
  5. Enhance the quantity and quality of research and scholarship
Lachel Story

Lachel Story, Ph.D., RN


Phone: 601.266.6485

Asbury Hall 310



Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Asbury Hall 310

Jennifer Lemacks, Ph.D., RD, LD 

Associate Dean for Research

Phone: 601.266.6825

Asbury Hall 310


Alli Hudson

Alli Hudson

Assistant to the Dean

Phone: 601.266.6485

Asbury Hall 310F


Terry Whittington

Terry M. Whittington

Assistant to the Dean for Finance and Administration

Phone: 601.266.6846

Asbury Hall 310E


Sonia Adams

Sonia Adams

Assistant to the Dean for Academic Records and Advisement

Phone: 601.266.5457

Asbury Hall 220


Rick Merritt headshot

Rick Merritt

Assistant to the Dean for Technology and Communications

Phone: 601.266.6382

Asbury Hall 218C


Rebecca Holland

Rebecca Holland, Ph.D., MPH, MLIS

Research and Grant Specialist

Phone: 601.266.5681

Asbury Hall 218D


Caroline Wood

College Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 601.266.4082

Asbury Hall 218A


Moriah Felipe

Moriah Felipe, MSN/FNP

Simulation Center Coordinator

Phone: 601.266.6090

Asbury Hall 223A


CNHP org chart


Contact Us

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Asbury Hall (AH)
3215 Montague Boulevard
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Hattiesburg Campus 

Campus Map