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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


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Brian Street, Ph.D.

Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 

Phone: 601.266.6876 

Asbury Hall 310


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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 Degree Progression and Compliance

Phone: 601.266.5457

Asbury Hall 220


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Benjamin Fortner

Assistant to the Dean for Technology and Simulation

Phone: 601.266.6599

Asbury Hall 218A


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Sean Buckelew, Ph.D.

Research and Grant Specialist

Phone: 601.266.6706

Asbury Hall 218B


Amber Scott

College Outreach Coordinator

Asbury Hall 218C

Moriah Felipe

Moriah Felipe, MSN/FNP

Simulation Center Coordinator

Phone: 601.266.6090

Asbury Hall 223A


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College of Nursing and Health Professions

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

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